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Winnie Barker, the young girl who was tragically killed when the Lusitania was sunk by the by the Germans.<br />
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The tragic tale of a nine year old girl who was killed when the Lusitania was sunk by the Germans can be told after her mother's handbag emerged for sale 103 years later.<br />
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Winnie Barker accompanied her mother Martha on the passenger liner which was en route from New York to Liverpool when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915, off Ireland.<br />
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The pair were finishing lunch when the first torpedo struck and were stood on the deck for the fateful second blow.<br />
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As the ship went down, they held hands and Winnie told her mother 'don't worry mother darling, we shall be saved'.<br />
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Of the 1,962 passengers and crew members on board the Cunard liner, 1,201 were killed, including 159 Americans and three Germans held in the cells.