Robert Nelson Jessop was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, in 1886, the son of John and Emily Jessop. His father was a butcher and Robert joined the mercantile marine as a ship’s steward on completion of his education.
He married Helena Ione Ida Warrington in Liverpool on the 21st March 1910, and they lived at 46, Thornton Road, Bootle, Lancashire.
He was engaged as a second cabin bedroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and did not survive the sinking, nor was his body recovered and identified afterwards.
As a consequence, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 29 years.
In August 1915, he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the Lusitania
and his widow, Helena, was paid the balance of wages owed to him, in respect of his service on board the
Lusitania from 17th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down! In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £45-2s-3d. (£42.11p.) which was payable at the rate of £3-15s-3d. (£3.76p.) 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, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.