Memorial: M1915

Memorial at Old Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork commemorating two passengers on the Lusitania, Inez and George Ley Vernon.  George Ley Vernon died 7th May 1915 when the vessel was torpedoed.  Inez committed suicide in New York in July 1915.

Location

Old Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'IN TENDER MEMORY OF / INEZ AND GEORGE LEY VERNON / BOTH YOUNG BEAUTIFUL AND GIFTED / VICTIMS OF THE LUSITANIA CRIME / MAY 7 1915'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Private grave 651
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Lusitania

People

Vernon, Inez
Age: c. 28
Date of Death: 22/7/1915
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Unknown
Vernon, George Ley
Age: 45
Date of Death: 7/5/1915
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Cunard Line

Extra

Notes: George Ley Pearce Vernon was an American-born British citizen and former concert singer who was acting as an arms importation agent, selling rifles to Russia. His French wife, Inez was a professional violinist. Inez’s sister, actress Rita Jolivert, was also on the journey from England to the United States when the Lusitania was torpedoed. Both Inez and Rita both survived the vessel sinking. However, Inez committed suicide by shooting herself around 22nd July 1915 in New York. Rita brough her sister’s ashes to Ireland after the war.

George Vernon was also known as George Butler.

Bibliography: Patrick O'Sullivan 'Lusitania, unravelling the mysteries' (Cork, 1998) p. 86 (photo).

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