11 January 2011

RIP: Audrey Lawson-Johnston

Audrey Lawson-Johnston
5 Feb 1915 – 11 Jan 2011

The last known survivor of the sinking of RMS Lusitania has died. ZUI this article from the BBC:
Audrey Lawson-Johnston from Melchbourne in Bedfordshire died in the early hours of Tuesday aged 95.

She was three months old when the liner bound for Liverpool from New York sank off the Irish coast on 7 May.

Mrs Lawson-Johnston's family had been emigrating to England when the boat was hit in an attack that killed hundreds, including her sisters.


Mrs Lawson-Johnston leaves behind three daughters and 10 grandchildren.

According to Wikipedia, Mrs Lawson-Johnston (born Audrey Warren Pearl) became Lusitania's last living survivor following the death of Barbara McDermott on 12 April 2008.*

Lusitania sank on 7 May 1915, 18 minutes after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-20 eleven miles off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland. Some 1200 of the 1959 people (1265 passengers and 694 crew) aboard died in the sinking.

* McDermott, born Barbara Winifred Anderson, was the last American survivor of the sinking.

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