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The Rileys  -  Survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cobh (formerly Queenstown), Co. Cork | by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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The Rileys - Survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, Cobh (formerly Queenstown), Co. Cork

With thanks to our amazing contributors, it seems that this really is the Riley family: Annie and Edward Riley and their 4-year-old twins Ethel and Sutcliffe. Given that only 764 of the nearly 2000 souls aboard the Lusitania were saved (more than a few due to Irish rescue boats and fishermen), it’s very telling that this image seems to capture one of the few (and perhaps only) families to survive the Lusitania sinking “intact”. Other young families were not as fortunate. It is good to know that the Rileys continued their journey home to Bradford, where they lived the rest of their days....

 

Photographer: A.H. Poole Studio Photographer

 

Collection: Poole Photographic Collection

 

Date: Saturday, 8 May 1915

 

NLI Ref: POOLED 2725

 

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

 

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