George William Grandy was born in Liverpool, Lancashire on 8 November 1874, the son of George and Mary Ann Grandy. His father died when he was quite young, so George found work as a fish hawker to help support his family.
In 1914 he married Margaret Ann Copland (née Howard) in Liverpool. By this time he was serving in the mercantile marine as a marine fireman, and he had been lodging in the Copland’s home at 79 Orient Street, Everton, Liverpool for a number of years before Margaret’s first husband, George Miller Copland, died in 1913.
He engaged as a Leading Fireman in the Engineering Branch on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915, at a monthly rate of £7-10s-0d (£7.50). He reported for duty at 8am on 17 April for the liner’s last ever voyage out of the River Mersey.
He survived the sinking three weeks later and was landed at Queenstown having been rescued from the sea. On his return to Liverpool he was officially discharged from the liner's final voyage by Cunard, and paid the balance of wages owing to him.
Unfortunately George was not to live very long after surviving his terrible ordeal, dying of a respiratory complaint at his home, 9 Vergin Street, Liverpool, on 8 July 1916, aged 41 years. It is possible that his death was attributed to the sinking of the
Lusitania as the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Margaret Grandy to compensate her for the loss of her husband, which amounted to £78-0s-0d (£78) payable at the rate of £6-10s-0d (£6.50) per month.
A list of crew members compiled by the Cunard Steamship Company in March 1916 shows him as George
Grundy, which is obviously a mistake
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, Susan Kelly.