Cornelius Driscoll was born in 1895, the son of Michael and Catherine ‘Kate’ Driscoll. The family home was at 10 Breamer Street, Liverpool.
He served as a third class waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 20 years.
His body was recovered from the sea after the sinking and it was landed at Queenstown. Before it was positively identified in one of the temporary mortuaries there, it was given the reference number 65.
Once a positive identification had been made, however, his body was buried, on 10 May 1915 in The Old Church Cemetery, Queenstown, in Mass Grave C, 1st Row, Lower Tier. This was the day when most of the victims of the disaster were buried, following a long procession from the town, which began outside the Cunard Steam Ship Company office at Lynch Quay.
Despite the fact that Waiter Driscoll has an identifiable burial site, however, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was not aware of the fact and after the Great War, placed his name on the Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing at Tower Hill, London.
However, once the author had established beyond doubt that he was buried in The Old Church Cemetery, the Commission agreed to erect a permanent memorial to him where he is buried and this was done in November 1998.
The memorial takes the form of a monument made from Irish limestone, sited at the head of Mass Grave B, the centre one of the three. The names of crew members buried in the three mass graves are incised on two black granite panels on the memorial, with a legend in between them, which reads:
1914 - 1918
IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THOSE NAMED WHO,
SERVING ON THE
DIED WHEN THE SHIP WAS
SUNK BY ENEMY ACTION
ON 7 MAY 1915
AND ARE BURIED NEARBY
The name of Waiter Driscoll is incised on the left hand panel.
The Commission has also stated that should it ever be necessary to renew the panel bearing his name on the Tower Hill Memorial, his name would be omitted from its replacement.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.