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Phyllis May CouchAge: 56 years19071964

Phyllis May Couch
Given names
Phyllis May
Birth November 5, 1907 31 26
Death of a maternal grandmotherSarah Keturah Fry
1923 (Age 15 years)
MarriageAlfred George SamwaysView this family
1930 (Age 22 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJoshua Colliss
1931 (Age 23 years)
Death of a husbandAlfred George Samways
February 23, 1934 (Age 26 years)
MarriageArthur KirtleyView this family
March 3, 1936 (Age 28 years)
Death of a fatherHenry Herbert Pollard or Couch
1955 (Age 47 years)
Death August 22, 1964 (Age 56 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: March 7, 1901Micheldever Parish Church, Hants.
7 years
Family with Alfred George Samways - View this family
Marriage: 1930Poole, Dorset
Family with Arthur Kirtley - View this family
Arthur Kirtley
Birth: January 7, 1911 23 26Southwick, Sunderland, Co. Durham
Death: January 16, 1974Christchurch Hospital, Hants.
Marriage: March 3, 1936Bournemouth Register Office, Hants.


Despite heavy danger of U-boat attack, she sailed on 29 May 1942 from Glasgow to New York to stay with her husband. (Her passport was issued in London on 23 May 1942.) Arrived in New York on S.S. San Cipriano (owned by Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc.) 16 Jun 1942 Arrived in London with husband 17 Jun 1947 from Wellington, New Zealand on S. S. Rangitata (New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd.). Country of last residence Curacao. Arrived in New York with Arthur Kirtley 20 Sep 1947 in transit for Aruba, Dutch West Indies. She and Arthur made regular visits to UK in 1950s, usually travelling on the Queen Elizabeth or Queen Mary.

Cause of death: "Barbiturate (sodium amytal) poisoning, the deceased having taken her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed."