Stephen Crumby was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1873. In 1915 he lived at Bevington House, Bevington Bush, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. This was a hostel for single men established in 1900, based on the idea of the Rowton Houses in London.
He was a professional seaman in the British Mercantile Marine and engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d (£6.50). He reported for duty on board at Liverpool Pier Head at 8am on 17 April 1915, before the liner left the city for the last time. He had served on the
She crossed the Atlantic without incident and having docked in New York, left in 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 she was only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port.
Stephen Crumby survived the sinking, and having been rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown he made it back to his home town.
Once there he reported to Cunard’s offices in Water Street, where he was officially discharged and paid the balance of wages owing to him. This a mounted to £6-0s-9d (£6.04) in respect of his service on board from 17 April to 8 May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down. He was aged 43 years at the time of his ordeal.
Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.