Robert William Norman Leyson

Mr Robert William Norman Leyson was born in Kensington, London, Englandin the Spring of 1887 and later baptised on 6 November that year. 

He was the son of Robert Thomas Leyson (b. 1846), a solicitor, and Jessie Gertrude Richards (b. 1854), both natives of Glamorganshire, Wales who had married in Swansea in 1876. One of seven children, his siblings were: Jessie Gladys (1877-1962), Ethel Gwendreth (1879-1940), Helen Mary (1880-1970), Esther Kate (1881-1969), Emma Maude (1884-1966) and Leyson Thomas (b. 1891).

He appeared on the 1891 census living at Westbrook in Swansea, the family having returned to Wales only in recent years. The family had moved by the time of the 1901 census and were listed as living at Bloomfield in Sketty, Glamorganshire. Robert was not present at the address and his whereabouts is unknown though it was likely he was at school during this period. When he reappeared on the 1911 census he was boarding at 64 Eaton Terrace, St Georges, London and was described, like his father, as a solicitor; his father was a prominent solicitor in Swansea.

Robert was inducted into the Cambrian Lodge of the Masonic Order on 16 January 1912; his profession was listed, for reasons unknown, as an engineer. Just shy of four months later he boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 29566 which cost £10, 10s) with the intention of joining his brother Leyson in New York.

Robert Leyson lost his life in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett and buried at sea on 24 April 1912:


CLOTHING — Green and brown mixture suit; white striped shirt; black boots.

EFFECTS — "Leyson" on keys; glasses; fountain pen; pipe cleaner; nickel watch; charm; gold tie clip; pocketbook; R. W. N. I., on silver case; £4 in case; 1s. 4d. in pocketbook.



His estate was not settled until 29 May 1943 but by then his effects were listed as nil.

His parents both spent their last days living in London at Talgarth Mansions, Kensington. His father died on 4 February 1937 and his mother on 17 November 1942. His last known surviving sibling was his elder sister Helen "Nellie" who died in Conway, Caernarvonshire in 1970 aged 90.


  1. He listed himself as Welsh-born on the 1911 census

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#108)
South Wales Daily Post, April 1912.
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