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Berthe Leroy

Miss Berthe Leroy was born in Compiegne, France on 10th August 1884.. Her mother Julie Leroy lived at Hersin-Coupigny, France.

She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as maid to Mrs Walter Donald Douglas. She travelled on Mrs Douglas' ticket (No. PC 17761).

Mrs Douglas and Miss Leroy were rescued in Lifeboat 2.

Berthe Leroy died on 7th July 1972. She is buried in Hersin Coupigny Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais France.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Berthe Leroy
Age: 27 years 8 months and 5 days (Female)
Nationality: French
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17761, £106 8s 6d
Rescued (boat 2)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 4th July 1972 aged 87 years
Buried: Hersin-Coupigny Cemetery, Hersin-Coupigny, Pas-de-Calais, France

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.

Research Articles

Olivier Mendez & Michel Leroy Titanica! (2004) Berthe Leroy: Titanic Survivor

Newspaper Articles

Le Petit Journal (20 April 1912) An Anguished Sister
Le Grand Echo du Nord et du Pas-de-Calais (23 April 1912) A Survivor from Sains-Bouvigny
Unidentified Newspaper (1945) Mrs Douglas Dies at 81
From an unidentified American newspaper, ca. 22 April 1945
Santa Barbara News-Press (27 May 1956) Mrs. Berthe Bourlard, World Traveler, Plans Another European Trip
André Pelletier La Voix du Nord (9 May 1965) She nearly drowned in the sinking of the TITANIC...
Mme Bourlard, 80, now lives peaceful days in Béthune
Nord-Matin (1966) Berthe Leroy in 1966
From 'Nord-Matin'
La Voix du Nord (8 July 1972) Mme Bourlard, last French survivor of the Titanic, passed away at 88 in our city


Berthe Leroy with members of her family
Berthe Leroy around the time of her emigration to the United States
Berthe Leroy as a young woman
Berthe Leroy in her final home at Bethune
Berthe Leroy in later life
Berthe Leroy in old age.
Berthe Leroy photograph
Berthe Leroy photographed with her husband Gaston Boulard
Berthe Leroy pictured in later life
Berthe Leroy wearing Carpathia brooch
Berthe Leroy with an unidentified friend
Berthe Leroy with her friend Mrs Wiecoff
Berthe Leroy with her husband Gaston Boulard
Berthe Leroy with her husband Gaston Boulard with crutches
Berthe Leroy with husband Gaston Boulard and motor car
Berthe Leroy's grave
Berthe Leroy's mother Marie-Adeline Calonne
Cemetery Certificate
Gaston Boulard (Husband of Berthe Leroy)
Gaston Boulard (husband of Berthe Leroy) (1)
Letter posted by Berthe Leroy from the Lusitania
Mahala Douglas with Berthe Leroy
The marriage of Berthe Leroy's brother Samuel
Walter Donald Douglas
(1912) Postcard (back) posted by Berthe Leroy from Queenstown
(1912) Postcard (front) posted by Berthe Leroy from Queenstown
(1920) The home Berthe Leroy built for her mother and sister in 1920
(1923) Postcard (back) posted by Berthe Leroy from the Aquitania
(1923) Postcard (front) posted by Berthe Leroy from the Aquitania
(1928) United States Affidavit of Identification
(1939) Berthe Leroy at home with her husband Gaston Boulard
(1942) Berthe Leroy's certificate of naturalization in the United States
(1955) Cemetery Receipt
(1956) Berthe Leroy in 1956
From 'Santa Barbara News Press'
(1964) Postcard (back) posted by Berthe Leroy from the France
(1964) Postcard (front) posted by Berthe Leroy from the France
(1965) Berthe Leroy in 1965
From 'La Voix du Nord'
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  1. Mike Herbold

    Mike Herbold said:

    Berthe LeRoy was Mahala Douglas' (Mrs. Walter Donald Douglas) French maid. ET doesn't seem to have much on her. Did she follow Mrs. Douglas to Minnesota and California? Mike Herbold

  2. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    I don't know how long she might have continued in Mrs. Douglas's employ, but she eventually returned to her native Hersin-Compeigne, France where she died July 7, 1972 just short of her 88th birthday.

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