Lusitania cufflinks worn by Robert Leith

MMM.2015.14.1

Part of

Lusitania collection

About this object

A pair of cufflinks featuring a picture of the Lusitania, bought on board the ship by Telegraphist Robert Leith. He was wearing them on the day of the sinking.
Robert Leith joined the Marconi Marine Communications Company in 1906, becoming Lusitania’s Telegraphist in April 1915.
Robert received the Admiralty’s warning messages sent during the final voyage. As Lusitania sank, he continued to send SOS messages until the final moments.
Robert survived the sinking.
When the Tower Hill memorial was unveiled in 1928, he was chosen as a representative of wireless officers lost in the war, and was presented to Queen Mary.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Lusitania cufflinks worn by Robert Leith
  • Accession no.
    MMM.2015.14.1
  • Type
    Cufflinks
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1915
  • Materials
    Metal and enamel
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    unrecorded
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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