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Arthur William Norman

Arthur William Norman

About Arthur William

Arthur William Norman was born in London in 1880 and his home address in May 1915 was 102 New Church Street, London. 

He was engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at New York, on 30th April 1915, but appears to have served as a fireman, nevertheless.  His rate of pay was £6.00.00 per month.

Having left Liverpool on 17th April 1915 on board the liner, and completed the first leg of what became her final voyage to the United States of America, he survived her sinking, six days out of New York on the afternoon of 7th May on her return sailing to Liverpool.  She was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and only hours away from her home port.

Having been rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown, Fireman Norman eventually got back to Liverpool and then home to London. 

There were two passenger victims of the sinking with the surname Norman, second cabin passenger Robert Norman and third class passenger Jasper Norman, both British and both travelling from New York.

When the list of survivors was first published in the press, the family of one of these must have clung onto the hope that Fireman A.W. Norman's name on this list was a mis-print, for on 28th May 1915 a cable was received at the Cunard Head Office, from New York, which asked :-

"A.W. NORMAN SURVIVOR IS THIS ROBERT NORMAN SECOND CABIN OR JASPER NORMAN STEERAGE"

All hope must have been dashed, however, with the reply which was sent the following day :-

"YOURS TWENTY EIGHTH. A.W. NORMAN CORRECT. MEMBER OF CREW"

Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR13/6.

Name:
Arthur William Norman

Outcome:
Saved

Type:
Crew

Age at time of sailing:
35

Address at time of sailing:
102 New Church Street, London
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