Matthew ‘Mattie’ McAteer was born in Bootle, Lancashire, in 1887, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth McAteer. He was married to Katherine Van Eker in Liverpool on the 28th April 1913, and they lived at Glassington House, 23, Sackville Street, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He was employed on board the Lusitania as a vegetable cook in the Stewards' Department and was killed when she was sunk.
He was aged 27 years and his body was not recovered and identified afterwards. As a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
He is also commemorated on a white marble plaque in St. James' Roman Catholic Church in Chestnut Grove, Bootle, Lancashire, where he must have had family connections.
In August 1915, his widow Katherine was sent the balance of pay owing to him for the liner’s final voyage. In keeping with all crew members, whether they survived or not, this pay was reckoned from 17th April 1915 until 8th May, 24 hours after the liner had sunk. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to his widow to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £48-13s-11d. (£48.69½p.) which was payable at the rate of £4-1s-2d. (£4.06p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 English Census, 1891 English Census, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, George Donnison, Liverpool Echo, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.