Sidral William B. Braddick was born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, in 1888, the son of William Robert and Elizabeth Ann Braddick (née Price).
He was a mechanic and in 1915, had been working in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the United States of America. He worked for the Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Co., and he resided at the Grand Apartments, 620. Seventh Street South, in the city. It is thought that he also lived and worked for a time in Mankato, Minnesota.
In the spring of that year, he decided to return to England, perhaps out of patriotic duty, and as a consequence, booked as a second cabin passenger on the May sailing of the
Lusitania. Travelling with him was George Arthur, another Englishman working as a mechanic in Minneapolis.
Both left Minneapolis at the end of April and travelled to New York, arriving at the Cunard berth at Pier 54 in the harbour on 1st May 1915, in time for the liner’s scheduled sailing at 10.00 a.m. This was delayed until the early afternoon; however, as she had to embark passengers, crew and cargo from the Anchor Liner Cameronia
which the British Admiralty had requisitioned for war service as a troop ship at the end of April.
Six days out of New York on the afternoon of 7th May, and within sight of the coast of southern Ireland, the
Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20. At that time, she was only about 250 miles away from her Liverpool destination. Sidral Braddick was killed as a result of this torpedoing. He was aged 27 years.
As his body was not recovered from the sea and identified afterwards, he has no known grave.
George Arthur also perished in the sinking.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England & Wales, 1901 Census of England & Wales, 1911 Census of England & Wales, New York Passenger Lists 1820 – 1957, Cunard Records, Deaths at Sea 1871 – 1968, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv D92/2/24, The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, Star Tribune, Graham Maddocks, Geoff Whitfield, Michael Poirier, Jim Kalafus, Cliff Barry, Paul Latimer, Norman Gray.
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