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Roberta Elizabeth Mary "Cissy" Bolling (Maioni)

Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Death: Died in East Sussex, England
Cause of death: Heart Failure/Disease
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Louis Maioni and Jane Adelaide Maioni
Wife of Cunliffe "Cliff" Lawrence Boiling
Sister of Lucy Adela C Rowland and Muriel Nina M Gordon

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About Roberta Elizabeth Mary "Cissy" Bolling

Births Mar 1892

MAIONI Roberta Elizabeth M Norwich 4b 165

Marriages Jun 1919

  • Bolling Cunilffe L Maioni Lambeth 1d 504
  • Maioni Roborts E M Bolling Lambeth 1d 504

  • Name: Miss Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni
  • Born: 1892
  • Age: 19 years
  • Last Residence: in London London England
  • Occupation: Personal Maid to Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 110152 , £86 10s
  • Cabin No.: B79
  • Rescued (boat 8)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Thursday 17th January 1963
  • Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease

Miss Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni (known as "Cissy") (1), 20, was born in Norfolk in early 1892. She boarded the Titanic at Southampton, travelling as maid to Lucy, Countess of Rothes. According to her family Cissy become fond of a young crew member, but the romance was cut short when the Titanic collided with an iceberg. The crew member gave Roberta a White Star badge from his uniform which she always kept with her in later life, she never revealed the steward's identity.

The Countess of Rothes, her cousin Gladys Cherry and Ms Maioni were rescued in lifeboat 8. After their arrival in New York on board the Carpathia the party stayed at the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Whilst there Roberta wrote a poem all about her experience of the sinking.

Meanwhile news of the tragedy slowly filtered through to Roberta's family at Manir Farm in Surrey. Her sisters were walking to the village when they were told the news. When they raced home and told their mother Adelaide Maioni the news, she fainted. It was three weeks before Cissy’s mother knew that her teenage daughter was safe. Cissy’s surname had been spelled incorrectly on the passenger lists as Miss Maloney. Eventually the White Star Line confirmed she was one of the survivors.

Mrs Maioni, Manir Farm, Surrey Replying to your favour of the 17th inst. We are pleased to inform you that amongst the lists of those saved appears the name of Miss Maioni, which is no doubt your daughter, and we congratulate you on the fact of her safety. Yours Faithfully White Star Line When Cissy was reunited with her family, her once beautiful hair was reportedly in tatters, much of it torn and pulled as she caught it while taking her turn rowing the lifeboat.

Roberta Maioni married Yorkshire businessman Cunliffe Bolling in the spring of 1919 in Lambeth. Cissy and Cliff, as he was known, had no children.

In 1926 Cissy wrote a personal account of her experince on the Titanic for a short story competition run by the Daily Express.

Roberta Bolling (née Maioni) died 17 January 1963 at the age of 71 in an English nursing home. She suffered from severe arthritis which she attributed to her exposure to the cold on the night of the sinking. Roberta's account, the badge given to her by the steward, and the poem which she wrote in New York, were auctioned in Devizes, Wiltshire, England in February 1999.


She is sometimes listed as "Ruberta" and "Miss Maloney".

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Miss Gladys Cherry
  • Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes

Travelling Companions

  • Mr Thomas Dyer-Edwardes
  • Mrs Clementina Georgina Lucy Dyer-Edwardes

References and Sources

  • General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Death
  • Roberta Maioni (1926) My Maiden Voyage
  • The Courier (Ballarat, Australia), 3 January 1998
  • Daily Mirror (London), 18 February 1999
  • Daily Mail (London), 18 February 1999


  • Andrew Aldridge, UK
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Michael Poirier, USA
  • Angela Sharp, Australia
  • Brionee Sharp, Australia
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Roberta Elizabeth Mary "Cissy" Bolling's Timeline

Norfolk, England
January 17, 1963
Age 71
East Sussex, England