Richard ‘Dick’ Gould was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1881, the son of William and Ann Jane Gould. He married Jane ‘Jennie’ Gould (née Martin) in 1906, and in 1915 they lived at 8 Berwick Road, Bootle, Lancashire. They had three children; a son born in 1907, a daughter born in 1910 and another son born in 1912. Richard was an active freemason and a member of Kirkdale Lodge, number 1756, in Liverpool.
He engaged as Boilermaker in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915 at a monthly rate of pay of £12-0s-0d and reported for duty five days later, before the liner left the River Mersey for the last time. It was not the first time that he had served on the vessel.
Having completed her voyage to New York, the liner left the Cunard berth at Pier 54 just after midday on 1 May 1915 for her return to Liverpool. Six days later she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20, under the command of Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger. At that time the
Lusitania was off the coast of southern Ireland, only 12 to 14 hours steaming time away from her home port.
Boilermaker Gould did not survive her sinking and as his body was never recovered and identified after the disaster, he has no known grave. As a consequence his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was 33 years old, although he gave his age on engagement as 32!
He is also commemorated on the municipal war memorial in Stanley Road, Bootle, Merseyside and on a bronze roll of honour dedicated to all the freemasons from the Liverpool district who were killed in the First World War, at the Masonic Hall in Hope Street, Liverpool.
His widow Jennie received the balance of wages owed to him for his service on board the liner in August 1915 and in common with all crew members, this was reckoned to be from 17 April to 8 May, 24 hours after the liner had gone down. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Jennie to compensate her for the loss of her husband, which amounted to £94-6s-11d (£94.34½) payable at the rate of £7-17s-3d (£7.86) per month.
Two other crew members who were killed on board the Lusitania were also members of Kirkdale Lodge. They were Second Cabin Bedroom Steward DC Handlin, who came from Waterloo, near Liverpool and Barkeeper Henry Ross who came from Aintree in Liverpool.
When the Lusitania left Liverpool on 17 April, there were two boilermakers on board, Senior Boilermaker Richard Gould and Junior Boilermaker PR Smith, However before the liner left New York three weeks later Smith was transferred, leaving Richard Gould as the sole practitioner of that craft on board.
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, Geoff Cuthill, J. Kontzle, Liverpool Echo, UniLiv D92/11, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.