About Alice Catherine Williams (Cleaver)
Alice Catharine Cleaver
Titanic surviver , the nurse who saved a baby
In 1912, Alice was employed by Hudson and Bessie Allison to take care of their son, Hudson Trevor Allison. On the night of the sinking, Alice carried baby Trevor to the safety of lifeboat number 11.
According to Sue Eva Rule, a passenger on the Carpathia: "The first to come aboard was a nurse maid, who had wrapped in a coat an eleven-months-old baby, the only one of a family of five persons to be rescued."
The Lincoln daily news reported that, one of the first people off the Carpathia was "A little chubby baby boy, carried off the boat by a nurse, wailing loudly." This little chubby baby boy was Trevor Allison who later in 1929 died of food poisoning (ptomaine poisoning)
Alice was taken to the Manhatten hotel, where she was cared for by members of the Allison family. Later she, along with the Allisons and the other two Allison servants, took a twelve hour train ride to Montreal. She stayed with the George and Lillian Allison until arrangements were made for her to go back to England.
Alice married Edward James Williams in 1918 in London. She became the mother of three children.
She died in 1984 in Winchester, Hampshire.
References and sources:
- The Chesterville Record, 18 April 1992
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- Farm and Dairy, 2 May 1912
- Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
- Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic: The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press. ISBN 1 55065 113 7
- List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
- Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4
Alice Catherine Williams's Timeline
July 5, 1889