Mrs Amy Quayle, née Marsh, was born in Kensington, London, England in early 1878. She was the daughter of cotton warehouseman Richard Marsh, a native of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and Frances Jones, a native of Shropshire.
Amy and her family appear on the 1881 census as residents of 11 Caird Street in Everton, Liverpool. She was married in Liverpool’s St Chrysostom Church in September 1897 to miner Isaac Quayle (b. 1869), a native of Lonan on the Isle of Man. The couple had two daughters; Glorly (b. 1905), who died as an infant, and Margaret (b. 1910).
Amy appears on the 1911 census as a visitor to 59 Stanfield Road, Everton, Liverpool, the home address of her brother Menlove Marsh and his family, and she was then described as a widowed stewardess; what had become of her husband Isaac remains unclear. Throughout 1911 she is shown working numerous voyages aboard both the Franconia and Ivernia.
In April 1912 she was serving as a stewardess aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic.
In January 1913 Amy married ship’s baker James McHarg (b. 1880); by 1914 she was listed as an inmate at a workhouse in Liverpool and her final whereabouts remain uncertain.
In 2013 Mrs Qualye's Bronze medal came up for auction. It appears that the medal had been pawned before the great war and then retained by the pawnbroker, whose descendants offered it for sale.
(Henry Aldridge & Son Sale, 19 October 2013 and 26 April 2014)