Thomas George Dawes was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, in 1866, the son of Thomas George and Sarah Dawes. He was married to Martha Alice Dawes, (née Leyland) and they lived at 57 Rawcliffe Road, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, with their six children.
Thomas was a qualified butcher and operated a butcher’s shop for a time at 128 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, before becoming a steward in the British Mercantile Marine.
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 the 17 April, before the Cunarder left Liverpool for the last time.
On the return journey from New York, his responsibility was for the nine passengers in rooms B97 to B111.
He was killed after the ship was torpedoed and his body was not recovered afterwards.
Consequently, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 49 years.
The balance of wages owing to him was later paid to his widow Martha at Liverpool in respect of his sea service from 17 April to 8 May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had gone down. Administration of his will was also granted to her at Liverpool, on 9 August 1915, his effects amounting to £103-0s-0d.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited also granted a yearly pension to Martha Dawes to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £61-15s-9d (£61.78½) which was payable at the rate of £5-3s-0d (£5.15) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1871 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Probate Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO 22/71, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.