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William Henry Kinshott

William Henry Kinshott

About William Henry

Harry William Kinshott was born in Fareham, Hampshire in 1882, the son of George and Mary A Kinshott. His father was a Police Superintendent with the Hampshire Constabulary. Tragedy had befallen the family shortly before Harry’s birth when his twelve year old brother Charles Henry drowned in a local river. On completion of his education, Harry became a ship’s steward.

Harry married Daisy Jane Kinshott (née Holyoak) in Portsmouth in 1907 and their son Cyril Walker Kinshott was born in 1909. Sometime after Harry went to New Jersey in America to find work, and he resided at 239 Henderson Street, Jersey City. Daisy and Cyril followed him in June 1911.

By 1915 the Kinshotts had moved back to England, residing at 8 York Street, Gosport, Hampshire, and Harry had returned to service in the mercantile marine.

He served as a waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania and was killed when the ship was sunk. 

His body was never found and identified afterwards and as a consequence, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.  He was aged 33 years.

Cunard and Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show his name to be Henry William, but his birth and marriage records, and also census records clearly record his forename as Harry William.

By the time that the Tower Hill Memorial register had been compiled, his widow had moved to 3, Hampshire Street, Landport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, which was originally her parents home..

In August 1915, Daisy Kinshott was paid the balance of wages owing to her late husband in respect of his service on board the Lusitania, which was reckoned 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.  This amounted to £45-7s-1d. (£45.35½p.) which was payable at the rate of £3-15s-8d. (£3.78½p.) per month.

Daisy Kinshott resided at her Hampshire Street home until her death in 1957.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. 92/6/1, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

William Henry Kinshott



Age at time of sailing:

Address at time of sailing:
8 York Street, Gosport, Hampshire

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