To dredge this out of the depths, I have today been completing my trawl through the Acton Gazette Index for information on servicemen and discovered that Miss Violet Long, Deputy Controller WAAC was drowned in the sinking of the Hospital Transport Warilda on August 3rd 1018 by UC49. She was amongst the 123 who died although the ship stayed afloat for about 2 hours before sinking.
The Acton connection? She lived in Abinger Road, Bedford Park, Acton Green.
She was not included in the Acton Roll of Honour (but I currently have more than 50 in that category) and any further information about her would be appreciated. Is there any MIC or other Service record for her?
I have also a note that Miss Eileen M Underwood of Creffield Place, Acton died in Paris as per news report dated 11/10/1918. Was she a War Casualty? Any info?
One other question: Would someone drowned on the Lusitania be counted as a Casualty for inclusion in a Roll of Honour? I have found 2 brothers, Albert Norris Perry (drowned) and his brother Frederick J Perry and his wife who survived. Would they have been Lusitania crew or passengers and if passengers, in any Service capacity or "just" civilians?
Thanks for any help, Kevin
Kevin, The original enquiry was about a Violet ?. Now that you mention Violet Long I can say that she is well known and well researched as to her history. You say that there is an Acton connection as she lived at Abinger Road, Bedford Park, Acton Green. I have her as 4, Abinger Road, Bedford Park, Chiswick. Is Abinger Road in Acton Green or Chiswick? But this may not have been her main residence as they owned and lived in others.
I have quite an extensive record of female war casualties. I have not come across Eileen M. Underwood and believe that she is most likely to have been a civilian. Not a VAD or similar so far as I can tell.
Not everyone on the Lusitania were classed as war casualties. I have serving women who died off the Lusitania who are not commemorated. I am guessing that only those that were working on the boat were afforded that honour. Passengers, even if service personel, were not. But I am guessing that there will be anomolies.
Lastly, my manuscript is searchable. I have run Acton through the search engine as it seems that you might be interested. I have come across :-
Dolly Crowder (or Crowther), munition worker, died in an accident. She lived at 3 All Saints Road, Acton.
Florence Mary Ellis, WRAF, lived at 141 Acton Lane, Chiswick and is buried in Acton Cemetery.
And from the National Roll of the Great War (not casualties)
Mrs J. Palmer, munition worker lived at 279 Acton Lane, Chiswick.
and not to forget that many of the memorial plaques were manufactured in Acton.