William Henry Newport lived at 81 Mary Street, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire and was employed as a smokeroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania. He was fortunate to be counted amongst the survivors when she sank on the 7 May 1915.
William claimed in various census and employment records that he was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England in 1857 or 1859, although no records of his birth or baptism can be found. In late 1889, while employed as a butler for a wealthy family in Paddington, London, he fathered a son named Harry. The identity of Harry’s mother and whether or not she was married to William Newport at the time of the birth is unknown.
At some point in the mid 1890s William came to live in Liverpool and found employment as a ship’s steward in the mercantile marine. In 1896, he married Elizabeth Dittie in Liverpool. The couple had 5 children, 4 of whom survived childhood. William’s son Harry from his earlier relationship also lived with them.
For many years after the sinking of the Lusitania, William continued to serve as a ship’s steward, mainly on another Cunarder the
Carmania. Towards the end of his working life he was serving as a Night Watchman and Night Steward on this vessel.
William Newport died in Liverpool on 14 November 1928, aged 70 years. He was buried in Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery, in the same grave as his daughter Mary, who died on 23 December 1925 aged 26 years, and his son, Frank, who died on 13 September 1928 aged 28years.
Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1891 Census for England and Wales, 1901 Census for England and Wales, 1911 Census for England and Wales, Cunard Records, Wallasey News, PRO BT 349.