Hudson Allison was† a wealthy investment broker from Montreal. Only thirty, he and his twenty-five year-old wife, Bess, had been married for four years.† Early in 1912, the Allisons had traveled to England to make purchases on horses.† Mr. Allison had also attended the directorís meeting of the British Canadian Lumber Association. On this trip they had brought along their two children, two-year-old Helen Loraine and eleven-month-old Trevor Hudson.
Mr. Allison had booked two adjoining first class staterooms on C-Deck that included a private bath. Mr. and Mrs. Allison shared their cabin with their daughter Loraine while Sarah Daniels and Alice Cleaver shared the outer cabin with baby Trevor. Sarah or "Sallie" was Mrs. Allisonís maid and Alice was the nurse to the Allison children. The two other servants, the cook, Mildred Brown, and the chaffeur, George Swane, were booked in second class.
Out of all of them, however, Alice Cleaver seemed to be out of place. Besides her rather unpleasant looking face, she had much to hide. At the last moment, the Allisonsí trained nurse had deserted them, and Alice Cleaver had been hired in haste. Through the entire voyage, Alice was nervous and her inexperience as a nurse showed. Mrs. Allison had to repeat instructions and assist in the care of the children herself. Yet inexperience was not the only thing she had to conceal.
In January of 1909, steel layers found a grisly sight at the train tracks. It was the body of a baby boy. Apparently, itís mother had thrown it from a train in desperation. The mother turned out to be the out-of-wedlock, Alice Cleaver.† She was tried and convicted, but the jury granted her leniency. She was released and in coming to the employ of the Allisons, she hoped to start a new life in North America.
When the ship stopped after the collison, Sarah Daniels felt that something was terribly wrong. She got up and knocked on the door of the Allisonsí cabin. A drowsy Mr. Allison answered and reassured her that nothing was wrong. He even added that the ship was "unsinkable".
Sarah Daniels, however, was not convinced. She began to dress and when she was finished, she once more knocked on her employerís door. Mr. Allison answered again, but this time Sarah grabbed his arm to try to persuade him. Mr. Allison became annoyed and told her to go back to bed.
Sarah returned to her cabin, but this time she put on her overcoat. Her roommate, Alice Cleaver was now awake, but reluctant to wake baby Trevor.† Sarah left.
Hurrying down the corridor, Sarah bumped into a steward who quickly began to fasten a lifebelt on her. She protested and told him that she had to return to warn her party. The steward assured her that he would do it himself, and Sarah continued on her way to the Boat Deck.
When she stepped on deck, a crew member grabbed her arm this time and rushed her into Lifeboat No. 8. Sarah again protested that she needed to warn her party. "Never mind. They will be looked after," he said. "Get in the boat. Thereís no danger, but we donít want to take any chances." Hearing this, Sarah allowed herself to be helped into the boat.
On C Deck, Mr. Allison had finally realized that there was something seriously wrong. He left his family in the stateroom and went out to investigate.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Allison tried to dress in her stateroom. However, she was too hysterical to do much. Alice came in and helped her mistress into a blouse and petticoat, and finally a furcoat. Alice buttoned her shoes and brought out some brandy.
A steward finally came by and ordered everyone to go up to deck, and both woman now began to panic.
Having no idea where Sarah Daniels and Mr. Allison were, and faced with two small children and a hysterical mother, she decided to take actions in her own hands. Alice† took the baby and before Mrs. Allison could stop her, she had disappear down the corridor.
Alice may have passed Mr. Allison as he returned to the stateroom. However, if he did, he must have been very dazed. He looked through the nurse and his son without any recognition.
Alice did not stop until she reach the Boat Deck at Lifeboat No. 11. Trevor was handed to Steward William Faulkner, and because he was holding a baby he was able to take a seat in the lifeboat.
The lifeboat was lowered with Alice Cleaver, Trevor Allison, and Mildred Brown, the cook, who had incidentally boarded the same oat as them.
On board the rescue ship Carpathia, Alice Cleaver refused to let anyone see baby Trevor, even when the† child stretched his arms out toward Sarah. The only exception she made was William Faulkner, the steward who had handed the baby boy into Lifeboat No. 11.†
When the Carpathia landed in New York, reporters spotted Alice holding Trevor in the crowd and sensed a great news story. When approached, Alice Cleaver told them her name was Jane.† Since Alice gave no surname, the reporters assumed she was "Miss K.T. Andrews", the name that appeared after "Master Allison and nurse". The reporters did not suspect anything, and therefore hailed her as a hero for saving the baby.
Little Trevor was finally returned to his aunt and uncle, George and Lillian Allison. However, in the eyes of both the families of Hudson and Bess Allison, they saw nothing heroic about Alice Cleaver. They accused her for being indirectly responsible for the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Allison and little Loraine, the only child in first and second class to lose her life.† Bess Allisonís mother would be haunted for years to come. She believed that Steward William Faulkner could have easily been her son-in-law handing his children into the lifeboat.† Both families believed that Hudson and Bess Allison had spent the last few moments of their lives in frantic search for their son. They would have never left the ship without knowing for sure that their baby was still not on board.
Mrs Elizabeth Allison,was travelling with her husband and two children, Helen Lorraine, and Trevor Hudson. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Mr Allison was separted from his family and the children's governess took Trevor and got into a Lifeboat. Mr and Mrs Allison, and Lorraine wandered the ship for the rest of the night looking for Trevor. They did not survive. Lorraine was the only child to perish in First and Second Class.
Trevor Allison inherited all of his fatherís estate, but he died on August 7, 1929 from acute ptomaine poisoning. At the time he was only 18.† He had gotten sick when he was visiting his motherís relatives in Franklin, Massachusetts. He later visited his uncle in Old Ochard Beach, Maine to recuperate. Unfortunately, this was where he died. He was buried beside his father, who's body was retrieved by one of the charter ships. There was a family rumor that Trevor's aunt and uncle, greedy to inherit his fortune left by his father, purposely did not call the doctor until it was too late. Of course, it was just rumor.