Samuel Leathers was born in Liverpool, Lancashire on 19 November 1884, the son of Peter and Mary Ellen Leathers. He married Isabella Leathers (née Hislop) in Liverpool in 1902 and they lived at 9 Fulford Street, Liverpool. Isabella had been a next door neighbour of Samuel at Arlington Street, Liverpool.
He served as a leading fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 30 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards, so his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
In August 1915 Isabella Leathers was given the balance of wages owed to her husband in respect of his service before the vessel sank. This was reckoned from 17 April to 8 May, 24 hours after the
Lusitania had gone down. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted Isabella an annual pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband. This amounted to £70-6s-11d (£70.34½) payable at the rate of £5-17s-3d (£5.86) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.