Dennis Murphy was born in Deptford, Kent, on the 31st August 1891, the son of Maurice and Sarah Murphy. He resided in the family home at 18, Knott Street, Deptford, Greater London.
Dennis was a professional seaman and served on board the Lusitania as a fireman in the Engineering Department and was actually engaged at New York, on 30th April 1915, for the ship's final voyage. His rate of pay was £6-10s-0d. per month.
One week later, after the liner was torpedoed and sunk, he was fortunate enough to be counted as one of the survivors and landed at Queenstown.
When he eventually reached Liverpool, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s final voyage and paid the balance of wages owing to him. In keeping with all the crew, his wages were calculated for the period of the voyage which was reckoned to be from 17th April 1915 until 8th May, 24 hours after the ship foundered. Presumably after being paid off, he made his way back to his home in London.
Although Cunard records state that his forename was Dan, this was obviously an error and his correct name was
On Christmas Day, 1915, Dennis married Rose Hannah Houghton, who lived a few doors away from him in Knott Street, and they had a large family.
As far as can be ascertained, Dennis continued to serve in the mercantile marine for a number of years after his ordeal.
He died in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, on the 16th April 1979, aged 87 years.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 English Census, 1901 English Census, Cunard Records, PRO BT 350.