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Hubert H. Newbold

Hubert H. Newbold

About Hubert H.

Hubert Hutchinson Newbold was born in Liverpool. Lancashire, England, on the 15th April 1891, the son of George Hubert and Annie Newbold.  George Newbold was a railway clerk, and the family resided at 13. Russell Road, Toxteth Park, Liverpool.  They later moved to 72. Stuart Road, Waterloo, Liverpool.

Hubert was a career seaman and engaged as cellerman in the Steward’s Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, a liner he frequently was engaged on.

Having completed an uneventful voyage to New York, Hubert was again on board on the 1st May, as the great liner left Pier 54 in New York harbour for the return voyage to Liverpool.  Six days out of New York, on the afternoon of 7th May, the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and at best fourteen hours steaming time away from the safety of her home port!

Hubert Newbold survived this action, and having been rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown, from where he eventually made it back to Liverpool, having been treated for injuries at Queenstown Infirmary.  Once there, he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the Lusitania and was paid the balance of wages owing to him.  This sum was in respect of his service on board from 17th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down!

Hubert continued to serve in various steward capacities on trans-Atlantic liners for many years after his ordeal.  In 1922, Hubert married Emily P. Kerr in Liverpool, and in 1935, he married Mary G. Dowell.  No details of his life with either wife are known, but it is believed neither union resulted in children.

Hubert Newbold died at The General Hospital, Waterloo, Lancashire, on the 23rd September 1950, aged 59 years.  Administration of his estate of £3,258-8s.-0d. (£3,258.40) was granted to Lloyds Bank Ltd.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, Probate Records, PRO BT 350.

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