Henry Kenrick was born on the 24th November 1896, the son of Henry and Paulina Kenrick. His parents had married in 1893, but whether his father died or his parents divorced when Henry was quite young is not known, but in 1909, his mother re-married, this time to a ship’s steward named Charles Owens. In 1915, the family home was at 43, Elstow Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He served on board the Lusitania as a sculleryman in the Stewards' Department and he did not survive the sinking.
His body was never recovered and identified afterwards and consequently, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 18 years.
Cunard records show his name as James Kendrick, but the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission show it to be Joseph Kenrick, and research has confirmed this. The Cunard crew roll was probably compiled orally at the time the crew engaged.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.