Tom Granger Godley was born in Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England in 1869, the son of Thomas John Dawson and Anne Godley (née Foster). On completing his education he became a hotel proprietor in Scarborough, Yorkshire, where his family had moved to, and in 1898 he married Daisy Danvers Morgan. By 1901 he was ‘living on his own means’ and was able to employ a household servant but it would appear that this situation did not last and he was obliged to work. He found employment as a waiter on transatlantic liners by 1911, working for the Cunard Steam Ship Company Ltd.
He engaged as a first class waiter in the Stewards’ Department on the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915 at a monthly rate of £4-5s-0d (£4.25). He reported for duty on the morning of 17 April before she left Liverpool for the very last time.
Having successfully crossed the Atlantic, he was on board for the return voyage on 1 May. When the great liner sank just a week later he was fortunate enough to be listed among the survivors.
At some stage after his return to Liverpool he was officially paid off from the
Lusitania’s last voyage and given the balance of wages owing to him. In keeping with all the vessel’s crew members, whether they survived or perished, this sum included pay up to and including 8 May - 24 hours after the sinking.
Little else is known about Tom, except that he died in Liverpool on the 29 July 1917 aged 48 years. Whether or not his early death can be attributed to injuries sustained in the sinking of the
Lusitania is unknown.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1871 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, Cunard Records