Gerald Patrick Shalvey was born in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland in 1891, the son of John and Lillian Shalvey. The family home there was at 5, Sussex Street, Kingstown, a town renamed Dun Laoghaire in 1920.
Once he embarked upon a career in the Mercantile Marine, however, he moved to Merseyside and made his home at 15, Brook Road, Bootle, Lancashire.
He had sailed to New York on the S.S. Verdi, probably in early April 1915 and on 30th April he engaged as a waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania at a monthly rate of £4-5s-0d, (£4.25), just in time to join her for her final voyage across the Atlantic.
He was able to survive her sinking, just one week later and having been rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown, he eventually made it back to Liverpool, where he was officially discharged from the liner’s final voyage.
He was also paid the balance of wages owing to him, which amounted to £1-18s-2d., (£1.90½p.), in respect of his sea time from 1st May until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had gone down.
On recovering from his ordeal, Gerald Shalvey enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps, attaining the rank of Acting Sergeant by the end of the war, and never returned to sea.
In 1932, he married Dorothy Irene Hanson in Manchester, Lancashire, and their only child, Brian J., was born in 1936.
Nothing further is known about Gerald Shalvey, except that he died in Uxbridge, Middlesex, on the 10th February 1961, aged 69 years.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of Ireland, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. D92/6/1.