Miss Amelia Mary Brown

Amelia Mary  Brown

Amelia Mary Brown was born in Kensington, London, England on 18 August 1893. She was later baptised on 8 October 1893 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, her mother's birthplace.

She was the daughter of Frank Brown (b. 1862 in Crawley, Hampshire) and Esther Tilbury (b. 8 June 1860 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire). Her father, a printer compositor, was married to her mother in Buckinghamshire on 7 February 1892. She had one sibling, a brother named Sydney (b. 20 June 1900).

Amelia first appears on the 1901 census living at 38 Osborne Terrace in Lambeth living with her parents and 9-month-old brother. She would not, however, be listed with her family on the 1911 census who were by then living at 29 Hanover Gardens, Kennington, London; her own whereabouts at that time are unclear.

Amelia, known as Millie and sometimes Mildred, was hired by the wealthy Allison family of Montréal and she and their chauffeur George Swane were booked as second class passengers on Titanic whilst the Allisons would travel in first class.  She boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 (ticket number 248733 which cost £13) and she shared a cabin with three other English women, Amelia Lemore, Elizabeth Nye and Selina Cook.

On the night of the sinking Amelia was reluctant to rise from her bed despite the warnings from her roommates and George Swane. She only rose, and reluctantly so, when Selina Cook remonstrated with her that surely she was the only person on the entire ship still in bed.

Mildred was rescued in lifeboat 11 and wrote to her mother from the Carpathia. The letter is postmarked from the Grand Central Station, New York at 10am on 19 April 1912.

ImageMrs Brown
29 Hanover Gdns
Kennington
London SE
England

My dear Mother
At last I have made myself sit down to write. I don't know how the time has gone since the wreck But I can't help thinking how lucky I was to be amongst the rescued. There were 2000 people about that on board and only about 700 were rescued. If happened at 11.30 Sunday night. Our boat ran into an iceberg and within 1 1/2 hours the vessel had sunk I couldn't believe that it was serious and would not get up until Swain [sic] came and made me that was the last / saw of him poor fellow. No sooner was I on deck that I was bustled to the first class deck and pushed into one of the boats and I found nurse (Alice Cleaver) and the baby (Trevor Allison) were there. It was awful to put the lifebelt on it, seemed as if you really were gone.

Then came the lowering of the boats I shut my eyes in hopes I should wake up and find it a dream. Then came the awful suspense of waiting till a vessel happened to pass our way. The wireless telegraphy had beer used and this vessel that was southward bound came miles out of its way to pick us up. By the time we had got out of reach of the suction we stopped to watch her go down and you could watch her go too. It went in the front until it was standing like this then all the lights went out. Shortly after we heard the engines explode and then the cries of the people for help. Never shall I forget it as long as I live. I don't let myself think of it. We were on the water from 12 till 6 in this small boat. Thank goodness it was a calm clear night or I don't know what would have happened. We were nearly frozen as there were Icebergs all round us.

Ever since I have been on here I have felt in a stupor. Everything seems too much trouble and I don't care what happens to me. I found Sallie (Sarah Daniels) had got on alright but poor girl she keeps worrying about her things, of course we have lost everything bar what we stand up in. I had my watch on my arm in fact it hasn't left it since we sailed and my money was in my pocket. I have not seen Mr and Mrs Allison. I suppose they have gone under but there is just the hopes that they may have been picked up by another- boat but still I am not going to worry about that as they have several friends on board and then there are the partners of the firm. We have been offered a home until they can find us a place suitable. This vessel has turned back to New York with us. I have slept on the Dining Room floor both nights. We had a most awful thunderstorm last night and today it's that foggy. I shall be glad to be on terra firma again. We had a bad start. The New York broke adrift and ran into us at Southampton Harbour.

Well I won't write any more now. Will you let Neil read this and Aunt Em or anyone that you think as I don't feel like going all over it again. Don't worry about me as I shall be well looked after and I have made several well-to-do-friends.

Lots of love to all,

From your ever loving daughter

Millie

Amelia's employers, the Allisons, were lost in the sinking; arriving in New York aboard Carpathia she gave her destination address as 665 Bellmont Avenue, Montréal and she was described as standing at 5' 4" and with dark hair and dark eyes. She was later awarded $100 by the Red Cross and she also filed a claim for loss of property. 

Amelia may have remained in North America for a period of time but her movements over the following months and years are not certain but she did eventually return to Britain, although when is not clear. 

Amelia appears to have maintained a comfortable, middle-class yet nondescript life and it would appear that she made no further mention of her experiences on the Titanic; no latter-day interviews or mentions of her have ever come to light.

On 12 September 1931 she was married to James Edward Barrow1 (b. 14 January 1886 in Southwark, London), a WWI veteran and paper merchants director who maintained offices in Upper Thames Street, London. They would have no children and initially settled in Epsom before they moved to and later appeared on the 1939 register living at 98 Lynwood Drive, Sutton, Surrey which is where Amelia would live for the rest of her life. In later years she cared for her widowed and incapacitated mother who later passed away on 17 March 1943. 

Widowed when James Barrow died on 30 July 1965, Amelia outlived her husband by over a decade and she died on 30 June 1976 aged 82. She was buried with her husband in Cheam Common, St Philips Church (Row 11) on 7 July and she left an estate worth £55,646. Her death came only months after the death of her younger brother Sydney who died in Epping, Essex on 9 March 1976.

Notes

  1. James Edward Barrow was born at 7 Bachelor Road, Southwark. He was the son of James Edward Barrow, a cooper, and Emma Ridgway. 
 

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  1. Gavin Bell said:

    I've been looking for Mildred Brown for a few months now and have managed to get no feedback on her. Does anyone know what became of this woman after the disaster? If anyone has details please contact me. Thanks

  2. Lindsay Wyler said:

    Hello my name is Lindsay.I have smething mean to say that is to put some more thing's about Mildred Brown,because i had a report to do and i didn't get that much of stuff about her so please write back and tell me thank's for your time. Lindsay Wyler USA Email:[email protected] Website:http://[email protected]

  3. Mariya said:

    I came on this site for my State Standards in English. We have to do a report on the sinking of the Titanic from a survivor's point of view. I think this is a great site for finding this information. I'm doing Amelia (Mildred) Brown. I think it will be a great report and that everyone interested in the Titanic should visit this site.

  4. Leigh Anthony Ross said:

    I have seen Mildred Brown's name appear on certain first class passenger list, yet she doesn't appear on ET's first class passenger list, so does anyone know what happened? Whether she was on the Titanic at all? If she was actually travelling in a different class? Or if she didn't sail at all on the Titanic?

  5. Lester Mitcham said:

    Hi Leigh, Mildred was the Allison family's cook. She travelled 2nd Class. I have never seen her listed as 1st Class. Could you please advise which lists?

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    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Leigh - Heres a bit more information on Mildred that may be of interest to you. BROWN, MISS AMELIA MARY (MILDRED, MILLY). Saved in Lifeboat number 11. Lived at 152, Abbey Road, London, N.W. Employed by the Allison family (see 'A' First Class) as a Cook/companion. Aged 18 years. Shared cabin with Selena Rogers. (From The Emergency and Relief booklet by the American Red Cross, 1913). No. 55. (English.). Housemaid, 21 years old. Awarded ($100). Insurance claim B108. Property $283.61 cents. Born August 18th 1893 (Ref. Register Book no 327 at Kennington Sub District Office). After... Read full post

  7. Brian Meister said:

    Hello Mary and Brian, Actually, the fact is that only God knows the actual date of death for Amelia Mary Brown Barrow. When I located the death certif- icate for the lady some years back, and then discovered her death notice, I was careful to note that 30 June was the date she was found deceased in her home. They were unable to narrow down her exact date, as she had not been visited by family or neighbor in some days. This is one we will never know for sure, unfortunately. Merry Christmas, Brian M

  8. Leigh Anthony Ross said:

    Thank-you, sorry I didn't get back to this post for so long but I've been away from a computer for two days, so sorry again.

  9. Brianna said:

    Re: I think that this was very fascinating and that you gather a lot of research and I am touched by it. Thank You, Brianna

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References and Sources

Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4
Atlantic Daily Bulletin, Journal of the British Titanic Society (1995) No.3, p.5.
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