Anisyon Andrijine was born in Imperial Russia in 1893. Some time before the Great War, he had emigrated to the United States of America and settled in New York, N.Y., where he found employment as a labourer.
In the spring of 1915, maybe because of the poor military situation endured by the Imperial Russian Army on the eastern front, he decided to return home. As a result, he booked third class passage on the
Lusitania from New York to Liverpool, on the major part of his journey.
He boarded the liner on the morning of 1st May 1915 at the Cunard berth at Pier 54 in New York harbour and had to wait until the early afternoon for her to sail out of the port. This was because she had to embark passengers, crew and cargo from the Anchor Liner Cameronia, which had been requisitioned by the British Admiralty for war use as a troop ship, at the end of April.
Six days later, on the afternoon of 7th May, she was torpedoed and sunk twelve miles off the coast of southern Ireland by the German submarine
U-20, and only 250 miles away from her destination and home port.
Anisyon Andrijine was one of 69 Russian nationals on board, and although 29 of these survived the sinking, he was not one of them. He was aged 22 years. As his body was never recovered from the sea and identified afterwards, he has no known grave.
Cunard Records, Deaths at Sea 1871 – 1968, PRO BT 100/345, Graham Maddocks.
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