Annie Meek from Penarth had secured a position as cook in the United States. She accepted the job, despite the distance, in an effort to support her two young children having been deserted by their father. Annie Meek obtained a steerage passage to the US on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and was one of the 1517 passengers and crew who lost their lives when the ship foundered.The Meek children, aged 6 months and 6 years, were left in the care of their grandmother in Windsor Road, Penarth, and there was a great deal of interest in the case locally. Although there was no fund established in the Cardiff area to support victims of the disaster, the Lord Mayor of Cardiff took it upon himself to obtain support for the orphans from national funds in other parts of the UK such as London, Liverpool and Southampton. Efforts were also made in Penarth to raise contributions to these funds.