Titanic Passenger – Nellie Walcroft

Seems my great aunt Nellie Walcroft, second class passenger made it safely that fatefull night. She was 35 at the time and according to our family records, was a domestic (cook) working in Britain. Her friend, Miss Clear Cameron, and herself decided that opportunity was better in the good old U.S of A. than England. They, like others, were bumped from other steamers (coal strike) and were offered passage on Titanic at the same fare. She was in lifeboat 14, later transfered to boat 10 after Lowe (ships officer) decided to use boat 14 to search for other survivors. After arriving at the white star pier in New York, she had her name recorded as Millie Malcroft, which added confusion since that meant that Nellie Walcroft wasn’t a survivor. After clearing that misunderstanding up, she set out by cab to her sisters in Marmoreck New York. (Lucy Walcroft who had married a chap by the name of Karl Land) Nellie wasn’t to impressed by the stateside working enviorment. Longer hours, more duties and not necessarily better pay found her returning to England after the start of the first world war. She served with distinction as a nurse and, and her grateful country awarded her the Order of the British Empire. Thats all we know ’bout old Nellie. Hopefully her decedents in the States can fill the gap between wars end in 1914 till her death. William Wojcik


I’m a great niece of Nellie Walcroft. I recently found her listed in the 1920 US census. I think she was counted twice. On Jan. 10 she was listed with my grandparents, Carl and Lucy Land, along with my mother, Daphne, and her older brother, John. Another of their sisters, Eva, was also there. Maybe visiting for the holidays? It looks like that record says she immigrated in 1917. They were living in the Bronx. Then on Jan. 29 Nellie is also listed as living with Henry Schniewand in Manhattan as a servant. There her date of immigration is listed as 1912.

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