Andrew McCabe was born in Barlow Street, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England on the 5th April 1888, the son of Andrew and Mary McCabe. His father was a cobbler. He was educated at St. John’s Roman Catholic School, Walton.
He was a tall fair haired man with blue eyes and had an unassuming quiet manner. He married Catherine Jones in Liverpool in 1911, and by 1915 they lived at 34, Lancaster Street, Everton, Liverpool, with Andrew’s younger brother Richard.
He signed on as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12th April 1915. His monthly rate of pay of £6-10s.0d, (£6.50p.). His previous ship had been the
Hesperian. He reported for duty on the morning of 17th April, before the
Lusitania’s left the Mersey for the last time, and he was killed when she was sunk just over three weeks later on her return journey.
His brother Richard McCabe also served as a fireman on the liner and according to family tradition, Richard was on duty in the engine room when the torpedo struck and Andrew, who was off watch, went below to find him. In the event, they were both killed, Andrew McCabe being aged 27 years.
His body was not one of those recovered and identified afterwards and as a result, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
In keeping with all the crew who were killed, The Cunard Steam Ship Company paid him until 8th May and eventually the balance of wages owing to him, £5, was sent to his widow Catherine. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to his widow to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £23-14s-1d. (£23.70½p.) which was payable at the rate of £1-19s-7d. (£1.98p.) per month.
Catherine McCabe later re-married and went to live in Southport, Lancashire, after which the McCabe family lost touch with her.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 English Census, 1891 English Census, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, Catherine Smith, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.