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Thomas Edward Kelly (John Manning)

Thomas Edward Kelly (John Manning)

About Thomas Edward

Thomas Edward Kelly was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, on the 13th July 1894, the son of John and Sarah Kelly.  He was married to Anne Kelly (née Harvey) in Liverpool on the 9th November 1913, and they lived at 9, Torbock Street, off Soho Street, Vauxhall, Liverpool.

For some reason, he served under the name of John Manning and engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915, at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d..  He joined the vessel at 8 a.m., on the morning of 17th April, before she left the River Mersey for the final time. 

He was killed when she was sunk three weeks later on her return voyage to Liverpool, by the German submarine U-20.  At that time, she was about twelve miles off the southern coast of Ireland and only hours away from home.  His body was never recovered and identified.  He was aged 20 years.

As he has no known grave, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, in London.

The records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission state that Fireman Thomas Kelly, who also lost his life in the sinking, had been married to an Ann Kelly, (née Harvey) and the family home was at 39, Torbock Street.  This might just be a coincidence, or it might indicate a transcribing error from the original records.

In August 1915, the Cunard Steam Ship Company forwarded the balance of pay owing to Thomas Kelly in respect of his sea service on the Lusitania to his widow.  This was reckoned to be from 17th April 1915, the day the vessel had left Liverpool, until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after she had been sunk.  In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted Anne Kelly a yearly pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband.  This amounted to £36-3s-1d. (£36.15½p.) which was payable at the rate of £3-3s-8d. (£3.18½p.) per month.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

Name:
Thomas Edward Kelly (John Manning)

Outcome:
Lost

Type:
Crew

Age at time of sailing:
20

Address at time of sailing:
9, Torbock Street, off Soho Street, Vauxhall, Liverpool
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