Fullerton Rimmer Boyd was born in Malta on 14 April 1877, the son of Fullerton and Agnes Boyd. In 1901 he married Helen Dickie Smillie, and the couple had one son, Fullerton junior. In 1915 the family lived at 93 Lawton Road, Waterloo, Liverpool.
On 12 April 1915 at Liverpool, he engaged as one of two barkeepers in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania, at a monthly rate of pay of £10-0s-d, and reported for duty at 7am on 17 April, before the liner left Liverpool for the last time. His previous ship had been the Anchor Lines ship Transylvania. The other barkeeper on board the Lusitania was Henry Ross from Aintree, Liverpool.
Having completed the east to west crossing of the Atlantic, the Lusitania left New York on the early afternoon of 1 May 1915, for her return voyage to Liverpool. She never made it however, for on the afternoon of 7 May she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 off The Old Head of Kinsale, only about 12 to 14 hours away from the safety of her home port.
Although Barkeeper Ross perished in the sinking, Barkeeper Boyd survived this action and after being rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown, he eventually made it back to Liverpool.
Once there he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s
final voyage and paid the balance of wages owed to him in respect of this. This amounted to £9-1s-0d, (£9.05) and represented his service from 17 April 1915 until 8 May, 24 hours after the liner had sunk. All crew members were paid accordingly, whether they survived or not.
Fullerton Boyd continued to serve as a bar steward on liners after surviving the ordeal of the Lusitania sinking, and when Liverpool declined as a transatlantic liner port, he re-located with his family to Southampton, Hampshire, where the family resided at Kingsmead, Tavern Street.
He died in 17 October 1929 in Southampton, Hampshire, aged 52 years. Administration of Fullerton Rimmer Boyd’s estate was granted to his widow Helen Dickie Boyd on 10 December 1929 and his effects amounted to £1,155-4s-9d (£1,155.14).
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, GRO Army Chaplains Birth Indices 1796 – 1880, Cunard Records, Probate Records Lawrence Evans, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 350.