Richard Wareing was born in Liverpool, Lancashire in 1863, the son of John and Ellen Wareing. For many years the family resided at 9. Hughes Buildings, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, before moving to 10. Princes View, Toxteth Park.
He was married to a widow, Eleanor Roddan (née Garnett) in Birkenhead in 1894, and in 1915, the family home was at 64, Alwyn Street, Dingle, Liverpool. Eleanor had married in the United States of America and had two sons before her husband died. She then returned to England with her two sons and moved into 8. Princes View, Toxteth Park, which was next door to where the Wareing family resided, so it is likely that this is how they met. Richard and Eleanor had one child, a son named Richard.
As a professional sailor in the British Mercantile Marine, Richard Wareing engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12th April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d, (£6.50p.). The sum of £1-0s-0d., was advanced to him at the time. It was not the first time that he had served on the
Lusitania. He then reported for duty on the morning of 17th April, in time for the liner’s last ever departure from the River Mersey on her way to New York.
Having completed this crossing without mishap, Fireman Wareing was still serving on board on the early afternoon of 1st May, as the
Lusitania left there on the start of her return voyage to Liverpool. Then, six days out, on the afternoon of 7th May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland. At that time, she was only about fourteen hours steaming time away from the safety of her home port.
Richard Wareing lost his life as a result of this action and as his body was never recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the memorial to the Missing of the Mercantile Marine, at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 52 years.
In August 1915, his widow Eleanor received from Cunard, the balance of pay owed to him in respect of his service on the
Lusitania’s last voyage. This was reckoned to be from 17th April 1915 until 8th May - 24 hours after the liner had been sunk. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Eleanor Wareing which amounted to £14-8s-2d. (£14.41p.) which was payable at the rate of £1-4s-1d. (£1.20½p.) per month.
In a crew list published by Cunard in March 1916, his surname is spelled
Waring, but his signature in the Particulars of Engagement ledger for the Lusitania's last voyage out of Liverpool, still held in the Public Record Office in Richmond, Surrey, England, clearly shows the spelling with an ‘e’, as do all other records pertaining to him.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1871 Census of England and Wales, 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 Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.