William Jones was born in West Kirby, Cheshire, England, in 1868, the son of William and Mary Jones. He was married to Margaret Elizabeth Jones, (née Clegg) and they lived at 14, Palmerston Drive, Litherland, Liverpool, Lancashire. Prior to moving there, they had lived at 49, Eaton Avenue.
He engaged as a second class waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 at a monthly wage of £4-5s-0d., (£4.25p.), and he reported for duty at 7 a.m. on 17th, before the liner left the River Mersey on her last ever return voyage. His previous ship had been the
Lusitania’s sister ship the R.M.S. Mauretania.
He died three weeks later when the ship was sunk and as his body was not recovered and identified afterwards, he has no known grave. Consequently, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 47 years.
In August 1915, his widow was given the balance of wages owed to him in respect of his sea service before the vessel sank. It was reckoned from 17th April 1915 until 8th May, 24 hours after she had gone down. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted his widow a yearly pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £41-1s-5d. (£41.07p.) which was payable at the rate of £3-8s-6d. (£3.42½p.) per month.
There is a W.T. Jones of the Mercantile Marine commemorated on the Bootle and District Municipal War Memorial in Stanley Road, Bootle, Merseyside, not far from Litherland, and it is possible that this refers to Second Class Waiter William Jones.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Liverpool Echo, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.