Thomas Bradley was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1894, but nothing is known about his antecedents or where he lived, except that in 1915, he was residing either as a boarder or with his family at 13 Crete Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, a street which has since been demolished.
He signed on as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool, on 12 April 1915 for what would be the liner’s last ever voyage to America and reported for duty at 8am on 17 April, the day she left the River Mersey. As a trimmer, his monthly rate of pay was £6-0s-0d and upon engagement he was given an advance on his pay of £1-0s-0d.
Thomas Bradley was killed when she was sunk on the afternoon of the 7 May while off the Old Head of Kinsale in southern Ireland. He was aged 21 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a consequence, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.