Baby's shoe given to Able Seaman Joseph Parry of RMS Lusitania

MMM.2014.26.1

About this object

Joseph Parry was an Able Seaman on Lusitania when she was torpedoed.

Joseph worked alongside Leslie Morton to save over 100 survivors from the sea, and both were awarded Board of Trade medals for gallantry by King George V.

A lady passenger gave Joseph one of her baby’s shoes after he saved their lives. Tragically the mother and child later died. Joseph always treasured this very personal memento writing “Lest We Forget Lusitania 7th May 1915” on the sole.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Baby's shoe given to Able Seaman Joseph Parry of RMS Lusitania
  • Accession no.
    MMM.2014.26.1
  • Type
    Shoe
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1915 c
  • Materials
    Leather; textile
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 48 mm x 105 mm
  • Related people
    David William Knowles (Associated Person, previous owner)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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