George John Tyson Charlton, always known as John Charlton, was born in Ulverstone, Lancashire on 12 July 1855, the son of botanist Samuel Charlton. He was a professional mariner and on 18 June 1884 he married Annie Stead in Liverpool. Unfortunately Annie died in late 1888 and on 23 November 1891 John married Sarah Ann Andrews (née Hoffmann) who, like himself, was previously widowed.
In mid 1903 Sarah Ann Charlton died in Liverpool but by the end of 1904 John had remarried, this time to Evelyn Florence Ellis, his third wife, with whom he had at least three children. In 1915 the family lived at 52 Thorndale Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He engaged as a first class bedroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania on 12 April 1915 at a monthly rate of £4-5s-0d (£4.25) and reported for duty on the morning of 17 April, before the Cunarder left Liverpool for the last time. He had sailed on the liner before.
On the return journey from New York, his responsibility was for rooms E40 to E54. He survived the sinking and on his eventual return to Liverpool he was officially paid off from the
Lusitania’s final voyage, the wages owing to him amounting to £4-9s-6d (£4.42½). This was to cover the period of 17 April to 8 May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had sunk.
George John Tyson Charlton died in Liverpool on 29 December 1928, aged 73 years. He was survived by his widow, Evelyn Florence Charlton, and his home at that time was at 39 Seafield Avenue, Great Crosby, Liverpool. He left an estate of £203-11s-6d.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, Probate Records.