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Henry Southward

Henry Southward

About Henry

Henry “Harry” Southward was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England in 1880, the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Southward.  On the 6th May 1901, he married Kate Geraghty in Liverpool, and in 1915, they lived at 29, Johnstone Street, Bootle.

He served as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk.  He was aged 34 years.

His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.

Cunard records show his surname as Southwold, but birth, marriage, and census records confirm this to be incorrect.

In August 1915, Harry Southward’s widow was sent the balance of wages owed to her husband in respect of his engagement on the Lusitania’s last voyage, which was reckoned 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 who also granted her an annual pension of £46-1s-5d. (£46.07p.), payable at the rate of £3-16s-10d. (£3.84p.) per month.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

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