Bartholomew McCarthy, known as 'Bartle', was born in Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland, in 1861, the son of Bartholomew and Margaret McCarthy. He lived at Bevington House, Bevington Bush, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, which was a lodging house for single men, mostly seamen.
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 S.S.
Turcoman. He reported for duty at 8 a.m. on 17th April, before the
Lusitania’s left the River Mersey for the last time.
He was killed three weeks later when the Cunarder was sunk. He was 54 years of age at the time.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and consequently, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.