Mabel Lucy <I>Hackney</I> Irving

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Mabel Lucy Hackney Irving

Swansea, Wales
Death 29 May 1914 (aged 42)
Rimouski, Bas-Saint-Laurent Region, Quebec, Canada
Burial Body buried at sea, Specifically: ship sinking in St Laurence River
Memorial ID 121182784 · View Source
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Died with her husband Laurence Irving. They were theatrical troupe members returning to England from Quebec when their ship sank in the St Laurence River. The RMS Empress of Ireland was rammed by a Swedish coal ship in a dense fog. Over 1,000 people died in the largest Canadian maritime diaster.

Reports say her husband had reached a place of temporary safety but dove back in to search for her, knowing she could not swim. They had gotten separated.

They were married in Kensington, London, in the spring of 1903. Her husband's estate went to his father Sir Henry Irving and her's went to her widowed mother Susan Lucy (Penrose) Hackney since it could not be determined who died first. Her father William Hackney was manager of a steelworks in her hometown of Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.

Laurence and Lucy made their home at 27 South Gilston Road in South Kensington.

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  • Created by: Ash Montagu
  • Added: 3 Dec 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 121182784
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel Lucy Hackney Irving (17 Jan 1872–29 May 1914), Find a Grave Memorial no. 121182784, ; Maintained by Ash Montagu (contributor 46804013) Body buried at sea, who reports a ship sinking in St Laurence River.