Thomas Taylor was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, in 1890, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Taylor. The family home was at 32A, Reading Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d., £1-0s-0d., of which he was advanced at the time. He reported for duty on board five days later, at 8 a.m., before the liner sailed out of Liverpool for the last time. He had previously served on the S.S. Devonian.
He was killed three weeks later, when the Lusitania was sunk six days out of New York and only hours away from her Liverpool destination. He was aged 25 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing at Tower Hill, London.
In August 1915, his family was paid the balance of wages owing to him in respect of his sea service on the
Lusitania, which was reckoned to be from 17th April until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had gone down. At the same time, he was officially discharged from her final voyage.
The S.S. Devonian, of Leyland, Frederick and Co. Ltd. of Liverpool, Trimmer Taylor’s previous ship, was herself sunk on 21st August 1917 by the German submarine
U-53, in the Atlantic Ocean, whilst outward bound from Liverpool to Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A..
1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Merchant Ships Sunk By U-Boats, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.