Oscar Greiner was born in France in 1893, and whereas nothing is known about his family or childhood, it is known that he was a chef by profession.
He served as Roast Cook in the Stewards' Department on board the final voyage of the
Lusitania. He had previously served on other transatlantic liners, including the
When the Lusitania sank on the afternoon of 7 May 1915 he survived. He made his way to Liverpool afterwards but his stay there was short lived as he was found to be in breach of the Aliens Order, and ordered to leave the city and not return. He took up residence at the Alliance Hotel, Cathedral Gates, Manchester; however in November 1915 he returned to Liverpool. On being found in the city he was returned to Manchester, brought before a local Court, and fined £5 for breaking the restrictions placed upon him.
Little else is known of Oscar’s life after he survived the sinking of the Lusitania and his subsequent difficulties with the authorities regarding breaches of the Aliens Order and disregarding restrictions placed upon him, but it would appear that he remained in England and died in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, on 11 March 1969. He was aged 75 years.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Cunard Records, Manchester Evening News.