Albert Charles Attewell Dunn was born in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales, on the 29th December 1884, the son of William and Leah Dunn. His father was a wheelwright, and the family resided at 16. Treharris Street, Roath, Cardiff.
Albert began an apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer which eventually saw him join the British Mercantile Marine.
In 1911, Albert married Nellie McCullagh in Liverpool. Her sister, Christina, married Albert’s brother, Alfred, in 1919!
Albert served as Intermediate Sixth Engineer in the Engineering Branch on board the Lusitania. He reported for duty on the morning of 17th April 1915, before the ‘greyhound of the seas’, left her home port for the very last time to cross the Atlantic to New York for the very last time.
Three weeks later, he was still serving in the same capacity when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 ten miles off the southern Irish coast and only hours away from Liverpool.
He survived the sinking and having been rescued from the sea was landed at Queenstown, from where he eventually got back to Liverpool. Once there, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s final voyage and paid the balance of wages owing to him in respect of it. This was in respect of his service from 17th April 1915 until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the great liner had foundered.
He continued to serve in the Mercantile Marine until his retirement as a Chief Engineer. He died in Liverpool on the 29th February 1972, aged 87 years.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 350, John Walker.