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.
My dear Mother
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
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.