Geoffrey Sheridan was born in Ireland, either Counties Dublin or Mayo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sheridan. He was married to Clara Sheridan, (née Blundell) in Liverpool in 1914, and they lived at 67, Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He was a professional seaman in the British mercantile Marine and served as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania for her final voyage. He was killed when she was sunk on the 7th May 1915. Cunard and Commonwealth War Graves Commission records state he was aged 50 years; however, he may have been born as early as 1858, which would indicate he was as old as 57 years!
His body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The balance of wages owing to him was eventually paid to his widow at Liverpool in August 1915. The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited also granted her an annual pension which amounted to £32-2s-7d. (£32.13p.), payable at the rate of £2-15s-7d. (£2.78p.) per month.
Cunard records show the spelling of his forename as Jeffrey.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.