Samuel Griffiths was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1863, the son of John and Margaret Griffiths. He married Ann Jane Griffiths (née Williams) on 10 January 1886 in Liverpool, and in 1915 they lived at 95 Starfield Road, Everton, Liverpool, with many of their ten children.
Trimmer Griffiths was a professional merchant seaman. He engaged for what became the Lusitania's final transatlantic voyage at Liverpool on 12 April 1915, as a trimmer in the Engineering Department, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-0s-0d, and left the Mersey for the last time on board the liner, on the morning of 17 April. He had sailed on the Lusitania before
He did not survive her sinking and as his body was not recovered and identified afterwards he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 51years.
He is also commemorated on the family grave in Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, the inscription on the headstone reading:
"In Loving Memory of
My Dear Husband
WHO WAS TORPEDOED R.M.S. LUSITANIA
7TH MAY 1915, AGED 50 YEARS.
ASLEEP IN THE DEEP."
Although the top of the inscription, which is made up from lead letters, has been peeled away, the general condition of the headstone is good.
His widow Ann received the balance of wages owed to him for his service on board the liner in August 1915. 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. The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Ann Griffiths to compensate her for the loss of her husband, which amounted to £53-10s-3d (£53.51) payable at the rate of £4-9s-3d (£4.46) per month.
Ann Griffiths died aged 82 years, in February 1948.
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, PRO BT 100/345, Maurice Rigby, A. Burgess, PRO BT 334, UniLiv. PR 13/24.