Richard Gaul was born in Swansea, Glamorganshire, South Wales in 1880, the son of James and Sarah Gaul. He married Bridget Kehoe in Liverpool on 1 March 1905, and they lived at 104B Fonthill Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire, with their four children.
He engaged as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool on 12 April 1915 and reported for duty at 8am five days later before the vessel left England for the last time.
He was killed three weeks later when the Cunarder was sunk. He was aged 35 years.
As his body was never recovered and identified after the disaster he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
His younger brother Bart Gaul, who lived nearby at 105 Fonthill Road, Kirkdale, also served on board the
Lusitania as a second class waiter and library steward. He survived the sinking.
In August 1915 Richard Gaul was officially discharged from the last voyage of the
Lusitania and his widow was paid the balance of wages owed to him, in respect of his service on board from 17 April until 8 May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Bridget Gaul to compensate her for the loss of her husband, which amounted to £68-9s-7d (£68.48) payable at the rate of £5-14s-2d (£5.70½) per month.
Bridget Gaul died in Liverpool on 1 December 1931.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, New Ross Standard, PRO ADM 137/1058, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.