George Percival Hilton was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1887, the son of Joseph and Emma Hilton. He married Lucy Emma Henrietta Garnett in 1911, and they lived at 7 Ashburton Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
He was a professional sailor in the Mercantile Marine and had served with the Cunard Steam Ship Company since 1908. He had been on one previous Cunarder, the
Slavonia, when she had been wrecked off the Azores.
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) and joined the vessel on the morning of 17 April before she left Liverpool for the last time.
When the Lusitania was sunk just three weeks later, within hours of her home port and within sight of the southern Irish coast, he was not fortunate enough to be counted amongst the survivors. He was aged 28 years, although at the time he engaged he gave his age as 29.
His body was never found and identified, so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
When his will was proven on 6 July 1915, administration was granted to his widow Lucy and his effects amounted to £91-4s-0d (£91.20). The following month she was paid the balance of wages owing to him for the
Lusitania’s final voyage, which was reckoned from 17 April to 8 May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had foundered.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Lucy Hilton to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £32-11s-8d (£32.58½) payable at the rate of £2-14s-4d (£2.71½) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Probate Records, Wallasey & Wirral Chronicle, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.