Folop Boreskevecs was born in Tsarist Russia in 1887. Some time before the Great War, he had emigrated to the United States of America and settled in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, where he found employment as a labourer.
In the spring of 1915, however, maybe because of the reverses suffered by the Imperial Russian Army on the eastern front, he decided to return home. Accordingly, he booked third class passage on the
Lusitania from New York to Liverpool, on the first 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 but had to wait until the early afternoon for her to sail out of the port. This was because she had to embark passengers, some crew and cargo from the Anchor Liner Cameronia, which had been requisitioned by the British Admiralty for war service as a troop ship, at the end of April.
Six days later, on the afternoon of 7th May, the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk within sight of the coast of southern Ireland, by the German submarine
U-20, and only hours away from her home port.
Altogether, there were 69 Russian nationals on board, 29 of whom survived the sinking. Unfortunately, Folop Boreskevecs was not one of them. As his body was never recovered from the sea afterwards and identified he has no known grave. He was aged 28 years.
Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, Deaths at Sea 1871 – 1968, Graham Maddocks.
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