George Currie was born in Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 23 August 1886, the son of James and Agnes Currie. His father was a labourer, and on completing his education George became a printer’s boy. He then joined the British Mercantile Marine and served on transatlantic liners as a waiter or steward.
On the morning of 17 April 1915 he engaged as a first class waiter in the Stewards' Department at the 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 America.
The Lusitania crossed the Atlantic without incident and left New York on her return voyage to Liverpool in the early afternoon of 1 May. Six days later, on the afternoon of 7 May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland. At that time, she was only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port. George Currie was fortunate enough to survive and was able to return to his family in Liverpool.
Once back in Liverpool, George was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s final voyage and paid the balance of wages owing to him, in respect of his service on board from 17 April to 8 May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down. All the Lusitania’s crew, survived or perished, were given this privilege by Cunard.
On 25 August 1915 George married Florence Elizabeth Barrett in Liverpool. Nothing else is known about him after this, except that he continued to serve as a steward on transatlantic liners.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 350.