Miss Catherine Walsh

Catherine Walsh

Catherine Walsh Roche was born on 27 October 1869 in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

She married John Roche in 1897 and lived in London.

On the 22nd September 1904 at the City of London Hospital on 228 Old Street, their daughter Kathleen Roche was born. The occupation of her father John Patrick Roche is given as Asylum Clerk, and along with her mother, Catherine Roche, the family’s place of abode is listed at 12 Montfort House, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, London, E1.

When she boarded the Titanic, she gave her local address at 57 Church Road, Southampton. The owner of the premises was Thomas Dorman. According to her family, she pretended to be single to get the job and her age as 32. She was listed under her maiden name as K. Walsh.

Selina Rogers recalled: We had a very nice stewardess, Miss Walsh... I was feeling very sick. The stewardess was very kind and brought me a glass of milk.

Catherine Walsh died in the disaster her body, if recovered, was never identified.

Her daughter Kathleen died in 2001 in Ireland at the age of 97.


Kathleen Roche was provided for by the Titanic Relief Fund Southampton Committee, and several entries are listed inside the various Minute Books at Southampton.   It is unclear who acted as Kathleen’s guardian after her Mother’s death in 1912 as her father seems not to have been around.  As an orphan on the Relief Fund, Kathleen’s guardians would have received an allowance amounting double payment weekly. Kathleen’s last appearance in the relief fund minute books from Southampton is for the year 1922, when a grant was awarded for her apprenticeship.

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References and Sources

Irish Independent, 7 April 2012
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(2019) Catherine Walsh Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #2172, updated 18th September 2019 17:40:22 PM)
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