Shef. Malfait served as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the
He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania on 12th April 1915 at Liverpool at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d.
Nothing more is known about him, but it is more than likely that he was a foreigner, because of his unusual name.
Moreover, although he appears in the Cunard list of crew survivors published in March 1916 as a trimmer, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list him as a casualty, with the details Waiter S. Malfait.
As such, his name appears on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
It is inconceivable, however, that there were two seamen of the same unusual name and initial, one surviving and one being killed, both serving on the
Lusitania, so as the Commission would have had to have checked sources after the war before accepting any casualty for commemoration, it is most likely that Cunard made the mistake and Trimmer Malfait did not survive.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records.