Thomas Malone was born at Liverpool, Lancashire, in 1859, the son of Thomas and Martha Malone. He was married to Mary Malone, and in 1915, he resided at 132. Burlington Street, Liverpool.
He engaged as an able seaman in the Deck Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £5-10s-0d., £5.50p., £1-10-0d (£1.50p.,) of which was advanced to him at the time. He reported for duty on board the vessel on which he had previously served, at 7 a.m. on 17th April, in time for her last exit from the River Mersey.
Three weeks later, having served on her voyage to New York, he was killed when she was torpedoed and sunk on the afternoon of 7th May by the submarine
U-20. At that time, The Lusitania was twelve miles off the coast of southern Ireland and only hours away from her destination. Thomas Malone was aged 56 years.
As his body was never found and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
In August 1915, his family was given the balance of wages owed to him for the
Lusitania’s last ever voyage. This was in respect of his service from 17th April 1915 until 8th May - 24 hours after the vessel had foundered!
1881 English Census, 1901 English Census, Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.