William Henry Eastwood was born in West Derby, Lancashire on 20 November 1855, the son of John and Anne Eastwood. He became a domestic servant and butler at an early age before deciding to join the British Mercantile Marine as a professional ship’s steward on ocean-going liners. His first voyage was on the White Star liner SS Germanic in 1881.
He married Mary Eastwood (née Hughes) in 1883 and they lived at 233 Field Way, Garden Suburb, Wavertree, Liverpool, Lancashire, with their six children.
He was employed as a second cabin bedroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 59 years.
His body was never recovered and identified, so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Mary Eastwood to compensate her for the loss of her husband. This amounted to £24-11s-0d (£24.55) payable at the rate of £2-0s-11d (£2.04½) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1861 Census of England and Wales, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.