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Thomas Brennan

Thomas Brennan

About Thomas

Thomas Brennan was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, in 1890. He lived at 4 Ellenborough Street, Liverpool.

He engaged 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 granted an advance on his wages of £1-0s-0d. It was not the first time that he had served on the Lusitania.

He survived the sinking three weeks later, when the liner was three days out of New York and having been rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown from where he eventually made it back to Liverpool.

Once there, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s last voyage and given the balance of wages owing to him, which amounted to £4-6s-4d, (£4.32). This was in respect of his sea service from 17 April until 8 May 1915, 24 hours after the ship had gone down.


Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.

Thomas Brennan



Age at time of sailing:

Address at time of sailing:
4 Ellenborough Street, Liverpool

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