Francis Burrows was born in Garston, near Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1888, the son of James Henry and Matilda Burrows. He was married to Ellen Amelia Burrows (née Bennett) and they lived at 27 Stanley Street, Garston.
He engaged on board the Lusitania at New York on 30 April 1915 as a waiter in the Stewards' Department, at a monthly wage of £4.5s.0d (£4.25) for the ship's final voyage home. It was a tragic engagement for him, as he was killed just a week later, when the liner was sunk. He was aged 27 years at the time.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a result he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He is also commemorated on a bronze and wooden war memorial in the Parish Church of St Michael, in Church Road, Garston, Merseyside.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Ellen Burrows to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £65-8s-8d (£65.43½) payable at the rate of £5-9s-1d (£5.45½) per month.
Although this memorial gives his rank as steward, a crew list published by The Cunard Steamship Company in March 1916 show him to have been a waiter and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists state that he was a fireman! The Cunard crew list has been accepted here as the most reliable and likely source.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, George Donnison, UniLiv D92/6/1, UniLiv. PR 13/24.