Mr Richard Turley

Richard Turley was born around 1875 in Newry 1, Co Down, Ireland (modern-day Northern Ireland), a large market town on the Down/Louth/Armagh county borders.

Richard was married in Belfast over the summer months of 1907 to Elizabeth "Eliza" Madden (b. 22 June 1877 in Belfast) and they would have two children, with only one living past infancy, Annie Elizabeth (b. 1908).

Richard, his wife and child appear on the 1911 census of Ireland living at 12 Lettuce Hill, Smithfield, Belfast. Also living there was Richard's widowed mother-in-law Eliza Madden (b. 1839 in Derry). Richard was described as a general labourer and his wife as a linen winder. The family were also described as Roman Catholic.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April, 1912 Richard gave his local address as The Sailor's Home, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Carrigan Head. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

Richard Turley was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is commemorated on the Titanic Memorial located in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. His widow Eliza was later awarded £237, 12s for the loss of her husband in an action against Ismay Imrie and Co. Ltd.

Richard's widow Eliza was remarried in the Spring of 1915 to a James Sullivan and is known to have had one daughter, Sarah, the following year. What became of Eliza is uncertain. Richard's daughter Annie is not believed to have married and died in Belfast in early 1990.

Gavin Bell, UK

  1. The ship's articles give his birthplace as Belfast.
References and Sources
Titanic, Belfast's Own; Cameron, Stephen, 1998 Wolfhound Press, ISBN 0-86327-685-7
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