Today seems an appropriate time to tell Ethel's life story.
Ethel Garside (b 13 Mar 1873) was the second daughter of Joseph Frederick Garside (b Ormskirk) and Mary Ellen Farrimond (b Lathom). The other daughters being Eveline, Nellie and Marjory. Ethel also had two brothers, Joseph Frederick and Edmund. Little is known to me of Ethel's life other than her profession as a 'Nurse' and her travels across the North Atlantic. She had many cousins on her father's side and its to one of those, Mrs Charles Ellison (Dora Ashcroft), that she eventually goes after the Titanic disaster. She had been living in the USA since early 1910 and had returned to her then family home at Old Shields, Ardleigh, nr Colchester in February 1912. It was from there that she was returning to NY on the Titanic.
Ethel's journeys to the US continued - she visited home in Nov 1919, and returned to NY in Mar 1920, sadly just before her father's death a few days later. Her younger brother Joseph Frederick, died in Feb 1922, and there's a record of Ethel arriving back in England on Jul 1922, so it would appear she was also away at the time of his death. Later that year her nephew Also named Joseph Frederick , the son of her late brother was born to Elsie Maud Garside. This child is the only documented descendant of this family (although work is underway to try and link in another 'son'). Ethel returned to NY again in May 1923, only to be absent from home when her remaining brother Edmund drowned in the river Thames in Feb 1924. Ethel returned home in May of that year.
Towards the end of her life Ethel lived near her cousins on the Wirral (nr Birkenhead, in Cheshire) where she died aged 80, on 25 March 1953. She was cremated at Landican Crematorium on 28th March and her ashes were scattered on the Memorial Garden. There is no entry in the Book of Rememberance.
All of this information is verified by Census records; Marriage, Birth and Death Certificates; Passenger Records; Newspaper reports and other records. My personal interest is that my wife's grandmother was one of those many cousins of Ethel's. I have more detailed information about both Ethel's own family and the wider Garside family from Ormskirk for those who may wish to know.