About Jessie Wills Leitch, Titanic Survivor
- Name: Miss Jessie Wills Leitch
- Born: 1881
- Age: 31 years
- Last Residence: at 3, Claud Villa, Denmark Hill London London England
- 2nd Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 248727 , £33
- Destination: Chicago Illinois United States
- Rescued (boat 11)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Wednesday 6th February 1963
Miss Jessie Wills Leitch was born c. 1880 1.
Miss Leitch boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with Revd. John Harper and her neice Miss Nina Harper from their native London (ticket no.248727, £33). Reverend Harper went down with the Titanic, but his daughter and Miss Leitch survived in lifeboat 11.
Miss Leitch later married to Alexander Anderson of Kerry, Powys, Wales.
Mrs Anderson was widowed in 1928. She died on 6 February 1963 at Dol-llys near Llanidloes, Powys, Wales.
Travelling Companions (on same ticket) Rev. John Harper Miss Annie Jessie Harper Notes 1. She is listed as aged 28 in the passenger list, in the "List or Manifest..." as 29, in her obituary as 82 in February 1963.
Jessie Leitch later recalled the events on the night of the sinking:
"... About midnight Mr Harper came to our stateroom and told us that the vessel had struck an iceberg. While I was dressing he went to learn further particulars and returned to say that the order had been given to put on the life belts. We did so, and, picking up Nana in his arms, he took her up to the deck. There the women were ordered to the upper-deck. I had to climb a vertical iron ladder and Mr Harper brought Nana after me up the ladder and the men at the top lifted her up to me again... There was no opportunity for farewell, and, in fact, even then we did not realize the danger, as we were assured again and again that the vessel could not sink, that the Olympic would be alongside at any minute, and that the women and children were to be put into the boats first and the men to follow, and that there were boats sufficient for all. Our boat was well manned--it was the eleventh to leave the vessel... After about half an hour the Titanic went down. We were about a mile away."
References and Sources
- The County Times (Welshpool), 16 February 1963, Funeral of Titanic Survivor
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B)
- 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
Titanic Passenger Summary
Name: Miss Jessie Wills Leitch Titanic Survivor Born: Monday 8th November 1880 in Linwood Renfrewshire Scotland Age: 31 years 5 months and 7 days (Female)
Family living at 51 Glasgow Rd. Milngavie in 1891 Census. She does not show on the census in 1891, as she was with her grandparents at the time if the census.
Last Residence: at 3, Claud Villa, Denmark Hill London England 2nd Class Passengers
Jessie and Annie survived in Lifeboat #11.
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912 Ticket No. 248727, £33 Destination: Chicago Illinois United States Rescued (boat 11) Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912 Died: Wednesday 6th February 1963 aged 82 years Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Rev. John Harper Miss Annie Jessie Harper