Margaret Williams, Stewardess

Margaret Williams, Stewardess, Mercantile Marine, SS Connemara died, on 3 November 1916, aged 32 due to a collision at sea.

Margaret Williams was born at Holyhead in 1884, the daughter of Griffith and Elizabeth Williams (nee Webb). Her father was a Steamship Stoker born at Holyhead. Her mother was born at Dublin. They married at Dublin in 1878. In 1891 the family lived at 3 Church Lane, close to the Roman Walls surrounding Holyhead's Parish Church of St. Cybi. Her father was then aged 39 and her mother 32. Margaret was then aged 7. Siblings included Edward G Williams, aged 4, and Elizabeth A, aged 1. In 1901 the family was living at 51 Foundry Street, Holyhead and now included Jane, aged 7, and Owen, aged 5. An older sister, Rosanna, was born and baptised at Dublin in April 1879.

In 1901 Margaret, aged 17, was a live-in Servant at the Lord Edward's Social Club, Swift Square, Holyhead. In 1911 Margaret was employed as a live-in Housemaid at the Station Hotel, Holyhead. The family at this time had moved to 3 Whiston Street, Holyhead. Her father was then employed as a Stoker for the LNWR Company. Her siblings, Edward, Jane and Owen were still living at home. Edward was then employed at the Gas Works.

Margaret joined the LNWR as a Stewardess on 14 April 1913. Family information records that at this time she lived with her married brother, Edward and his wife Catherine Ellen Williams (nee Hughes) at Foundry Street. She is also known to have lived at Pelham Gate, Holyhead. At the time of her death she is believed have been living at 5 Mona Street, Caergeliog, Anglesey with her parents. Her father died at this address in 1920. Her mother then moved to live at the Stanley Almshouses, Kingsland, Holyhead. Her brother Edward G Williams was later lost when SS Scotia was sunk by enemy aircraft at Dunkirk on 1 June 1940.

It is believed that this sailing of the Connemara was to be her last trip before her marriage. Family information suggests that she was engaged to Richard (surname unknown), of Cybi Place, Holyhead. Her mother, Elizabeth, was awarded £10 plus £2.10s a month compensation from the LNWR.

Her body was never recovered for burial.