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Leo Henry Thompson

Leo Henry Thompson

About Leo Henry

Leonard Henry Thompson was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on the 3rd May 1890.  He was a professional seaman in the mercantile marine and lived at 103, Citt Street, Liverpool.

On 12th April 1915, he engaged as an able seaman in the Deck Department on board the Lusitania, at a monthly rate of pay of £5-10s-0d., (£5.50p.).  He reported for duty on board the liner at 7 a.m. on 17th April before she left The River Mersey for the very last time.  He had served on the vessel before.

Having completed her voyage to New York, the Lusitania began her return to Liverpool on 1st May 1915.  Six days later, on the afternoon of 7th May 1915, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 within twelve miles off the coast of Ireland and only 250 miles away from her home port.

Able Seaman Thompson survived the sinking and having been rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown from where he eventually made it back to Liverpool.  Some time after that, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania's final voyage and paid  the sum of £5-2s-6d., (£5.12½p.), which was the balance of pay owing to him in respect of his service on the liner from 17th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after she had gone down.

Leo Thompson died in Liverpool in 1962, aged 73 years.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 350.

Leo Henry Thompson



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