William Saultry was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1880, the son of James and Mary Saultry. The family home was at 31 Church Street, Govan, Glasgow.
He engaged as a ship's cook in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania at New York on 30 April 1915 at a monthly rate of £7-0s.-0d, for her final voyage across the Atlantic. It proved to be a tragic move for him as he was killed when the Lusitania was sunk exactly one week later. He was aged 35 years.
As his body was not recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record William’s family name as Saltry, but Cunard and census records spell it as Saultry.
1881 Census of Scotland, 1891 Census of Scotland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv D92/2/61, UniLiv.D92/6/1, PRO BT 334.