Thomas Ormrod was born at Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on the 18th April 1875, the son of Thomas and Mary Ormrod.
On the 25th December 1899, Thomas married Ann Jane Evans. The couple had six children – Mary, John, Thomas, George, James, and Ann, and by 1915, the family lived at 89A St. Domingo Road, Everton, Liverpool. His wife was expecting their seventh child in the summer of 1915.
He engaged as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12th April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £7-0s-0d. he joined the vessel on the morning of 17th April 1915, before she slipped her moorings and sailed out of Liverpool for the very last time and just three weeks later, he was dead - killed after she was torpedoed and sunk. He was aged 40 years.
His body was never found and identified afterwards and as a result, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
In August 1915, the balance of wages still owed to him in respect of his service on the
Lusitania was also paid to his widow, Ann. It covered the period from 17th April until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the great ship had foundered. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension which amounted to £74-14s-2d. (£74.71p.) which was payable at the rate of £6-4s-7d. (£6.23p.) per month.
His widow, Ann, gave birth to a daughter, she named Lucy – the name the Lusitania was affectionately known as, in July 1915.
His older brother James Ormrod also served as a greaser on board the ship and was also killed when she was sunk.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334, Philip Brown, Graham Maddocks.
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