Richard Kenneth Davies was born in Liverpool in 1897 the son of John and Elizabeth Alice Davies of Egremont, Wallasey, Cheshire. Richard's father died in 1905 and at some stage, the rest of the family moved to Liverpool. In May 1915, the family home was at 56 Blaytyre Road, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He was employed by the Cunard Line as an assistant engineers' mess steward in the Stewards' Department and was aged 18 years at his time of death. His body was not recovered after the disaster and as a result he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
He is also commemorated on a family grave in Rake Lane Cemetery, Wallasey, Merseyside. The grave contains his father and an infant older brother and although the grave memorial probably originally consisted of a sandstone cross on a stepped base, all that remains now is the base itself. The inscription on this states:
In Memory of
RICHARD KENNETH DAVIES, .....
WHO LOST HIS LIFE BY THE SINKING
OF THE "LUSITANIA" 7TH MAY 1915,
"THEY SHALL BE MINE,
WHEN I MAKE UP MY JEWELS"
Richard Davies had his life insured with The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited, the beneficiaries of which were both the Seaman’s Orphanage and the Liverpool Orphan Asylum. Each received £16-0s-4d (£16.01p) per year which was payable at the rate of £4-0s-1d (£4.00½) per quarter.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Liverpool Echo, Wallasey News (Photo 15/05/1915, p.3 col.6), UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.