Frank Parry was born in Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 8 July 1870, the son of James and Ellen Parry. His father was a mariner at the time of Frank’s birth, but 'swallowed the anchor' a short time afterwards and became a freight clerk. The family resided at 27 Berry Street, Bootle at the time of Frank’s birth.
On the completion of his education, Frank found work in a shop, eventually rising to shop manager, before he followed in his father’s footsteps by enlisting in the mercantile marine. On 7 January 1903, Frank married Florence Emily Field, and the couple had two children, Ellen and Hilda. In 1915 the family lived at 15 Rufford Place, Bootle, Lancashire.
Frank engaged as an assistant deck steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d (£5.25). He joined the ship five days later at 7am on 17 April, before she left Liverpool for the last time. He had served on her before.
He survived the sinking three weeks later and having been rescued from the sea was landed at Queenstown from where he eventually made it back to Liverpool.
Once there he was paid off from the Lusitania’s last voyage, the balance of wages owed to him was £4-9s-6d (£4.47½). In common with all the liner’s crew, he was paid until 8 May, 24 hours after the sinking.
Frank Parry continued to serve in the Mercantile Marine and following his retirement from seafaring he died in Liverpool on 6 April 1938, aged 67 years.
Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1871 Census of England and Wales, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.