Edward Stanley French was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire on 22 February 1878, the son of Edward Peter and Mary French. His mother died in 1884 and his father, who was a clerk, re-married just over a year later. After completing his education Edward became a grocer’s assistant.
On 27 August 1899 in Liverpool he married Elizabeth French (née Turner), who was always known as 'Lizzie'. In 1915 they lived at 23 Philip Street, Linacre, Lancashire with their children.
Edward was a professional fireman in the British Mercantile Marine, and served in this position in the Engineering Branch on board the
Lusitania and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 37 years.
As his body was never recovered and identified after the disaster, he has no known grave so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
In August 1915 Lizzie French was given the balance of wages owing to her late husband for his service on the
Lusitania’s final voyage. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband. This amounted to £68-5s-0d (£68.25) per annum, payable at the rate of £5-13s-9d (£5.69) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.