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DEATH OF A SURVIVOR OF THE BIRKENHEAD

Leinster Leader 19 March 1898

Death of a survivor of the Birkenhead

Some of our readers may be old enough to recall the wreck of the Birkenhead, in 1852, at Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope, when conveying troops to the Kaffir War. All the available boats were barely sufficient to contain the women and children. Mrs Honoria Kelly, one of the survivors, has just died at Rathangan. She was the wife of a soldier on board the ill-fated ship, who perished with his comrades.

A Leinster Leader report of 19 March 1898 on the death of a survivor of the Birkenhead disaster of 1852.


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