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Leonard Hanson Sloane

Leonard Hanson Sloane

About Leonard Hanson

Leonard Hanson Sloane was born in Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England, in 1892, the son of William James Hanson and Ella Waldron Sloane. The family home was at 17 Greenbank Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool.

He was employed as one of three junior assistant pursers in the Deck Department on board the Lusitania.  He re-engaged on 14 May 1915, at Liverpool, at a monthly wage of £6 for what would be the liner’s final voyage and reported for duty on the morning of 17 May, before she left the River Mersey for the final time.

When the ship was sunk, he and both the other two, (G.W. Beesley and A. Harrod) were killed, along with the Purser, J.A. McCubbin and one of the assistant pursers, A.H. Burden. Only the other assistant purser, W. H. Harkness, and the Second Purser P. Draper, survived from the Pursers' Section. Leonard Sloane was aged 23 years when he was killed.

His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.


Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.

Leonard Hanson Sloane



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Address at time of sailing:
17 Greenbank Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool
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