Bernard Carribine was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 10 August 1872, the son of Bernard and Ann Carribine. He had an older brother named Thomas who was born in 1870 and a younger one named Edward who was born in 1875. Bernard junior was a professional fireman in the British Mercantile Marine and in early 1892 he married Margaret O’Hare in Liverpool. In 1915 the family home was at 40 Iliad Street, Liverpool.
In March 1909 Margaret Carribine died, aged 36 years, and was buried in Ford Cemetery, Litherland, Liverpool.
On 12 April 1915 at Liverpool, he engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d (£6.50), £1-0s-0d of which he was allotted at the time. It was not the first time that he had served in this capacity on the liner.
Having left Princes Landing stage on the morning of 17 April, the liner crossed the Atlantic without incident and having docked in New York on 24 April 1915, and left there on the early afternoon of 1 May for her return to Liverpool. Six days later on the afternoon of 7 May she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland. At that time the liner was only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port.
Fireman Carribine managed to survive this action and having been rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown, he was eventually able to make it back to Liverpool. Once there he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the
Lusitania and was paid the balance of wages owing to him, which amounted to £4-14s-0d (£4.70). This sum was in respect of his service on board from 17 April 1915 until 8 May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down.
On 18 August 1915 Bernard Carribine married a widow named Martha Allen in Liverpool. His daughter Margaret, died at the Northern Hospital, Liverpool in July 1916, aged just 18 years. She was buried in Ford Cemetery, Litherland, Liverpool, in grave 1331 on the 6 July 1916.
Bernard Carribine died at Walton Hospital, Liverpool in May 1939, aged 66 years. He was buried in Ford Cemetery on 11 May 1939, in grave 3308.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, Lawrence Evans, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 350.