Patrick Curran was born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland in 1871, the son of Patrick and Julia Curran. He was married to Margaret Curran (née Dixon) and they lived at 9 Saltney Street, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He 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), £1-0s-0d of which was advanced to him at the time. He reported for duty on board ship at Princes Landing Stage at 8am on the morning of 17 April, for what became the Lusitania’s
last departure from the River Mersey. His previous ship had been the Cunarder
The liner crossed the Atlantic without mishap and left New York on the early afternoon of 1 May. Six days out of that port, on the afternoon of 7 May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20 off the Old Head of Kinsale in southern Ireland. She was only about 250 miles from the safety of her home port.
Patrick Curran was killed as a result of this action and as his body was not one of those recovered and identified afterwards he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 44 years at the time of the sinking, although at the time of his engagement, he stated that he was 39.
In August 1915 his widow Margaret was paid the balance of wages owed to him in respect of his service on the
Lusitania’s last voyage, which was reckoned to be from 17 April to 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down. The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to a Margaret Curran which amounted to £60-14s-10d (£60.74) payable at the rate of £5-1s-3d (£5.06) per month.
Birkenhead News, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100.345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.