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Edgar Edwin Baldwin

Edgar Edwin Baldwin

About Edgar Edwin

Edgar Edwin Baldwin was born in Seacombe, Wallasey, Cheshire, England in 1878, the son of George J and Mary A Baldwin. His father was an upholsterer, who died while Edgar was quite young. Following his death, Edgar’s mother opened a tobacconists shop in Liscard, Wallasey. On completion of his education, Edgar became a pork butcher before turning to a life as a mariner, and became a professional seaman in the Mercantile Marine.

In 1905 Edgar was married and in 1915 his home was at 94 Cranborne Road, Seacombe.

On the morning of 17 April 1915 - the day that the Lusitania left Liverpool for the last time - he engaged as a first class waiter in the Stewards' Department at Pier Head, Liverpool, at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d, (£4.25), before the liner left the River Mersey for the last time, bound for the United States of America. His previous ship had been the Lusitania’s sister ship, the Mauretania.

Having arrived safely at New York on 24 April he was also on board when the liner began her return voyage to Liverpool, just after midday on 1 May 1915. Six days later on the afternoon of 7 May, he was able to survive the liner’s sinking by the German submarine U-20, although nearly 52 per cent of the waiters on board were killed. At this stage of the Lusitania's voyage, she was within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and only about fourteen hours steaming time away from the safety of her home port.

Having been rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown from where he eventfully made it back to Liverpool. There he was officially paid off from the liner’s final voyage and given the back pay owed to him, which amounted to £4-9s-6d, (£4.47½).  This was in respect of his service from 17 April until 8 May 1915 - 24 hours after the liner had foundered.

Edgar Baldwin died in a Liverpool hospital on 13 February 1945 and was buried in Yew Tree Cemetery. His residence at that time was at 47 Penny Lane, Liverpool.

Administration of his estate was granted to William Scott, described as a tobacconist, on 20 June 1945 at Liverpool and his effects amounted to £2,758-3s-4d, (£2,758.16).

References

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Lawrence Evans, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, Probate Records.

Name:
Edgar Edwin Baldwin

Outcome:
Saved

Type:
Crew

Age at time of sailing:
36

Address at time of sailing:
94 Cranborne Road, Seacombe

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