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John Ward

John Ward

About John

John Ward was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, in 1867.  In 1915, he lived with his wife, Annie, and their four daughters at 1 Court, 3 House, Robert Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

He was a professional seaman in the Mercantile Marine and engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915.  He reported for duty at 8 a.m. on 17th April for the liner’s last ever voyage out of the River Mersey.  As a fireman, his monthly rate of pay was £6-10s-0d., (£6.50).  His previous ship had been the S.S. Lapland.

He survived the sinking of the Lusitania and having been rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown, he eventually made his way back to Liverpool, where he was officially discharged from the ship and paid the balance of wages owing to him, which amounted to £4-14s-0d., (£4.70p.).

1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.

John Ward



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