Samuel Henry German was born in Liverpool, Lancashire on 28 January 1886, the son of Samuel Mutch and Josephine Louisa German (née Sweet). When Samuel was 3 his mother died, aged 26 years, leaving his father to raise him alone.
In 1906 Samuel married Sarah German (née Condell) in Liverpool and they lived at 35 Solent Street, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He served as an assistant pantry steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania, and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 29 years.
As his body was never recovered and identified after the disaster, he is commemorated on one of the bronze panels on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission show his rank to have been that of waiter, but the crew list compiled by Cunard at the time of the ship's last voyage show him to have been an assistant pantry steward, whilst records held at the Probate Office state that his job was that of ship's stevedore.
When his will was proven on 13 July 1915, administration was granted to his widow and his effects amounted to £81-3s-7d (£31-18).
In August 1915 Samuel German was officially discharged from the last voyage of the
Lusitania and his widow was paid the balance of wages owed to him, in respect of his service from 17 April to 8 May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Sarah German to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £57-11s-3d (£57.56) payable at the rate of £4-16s-0d (£4.80) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records David Irving, Robert O'Brien, Probate Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.