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Edward Weigh

Edward Weigh

About Edward

Edward Weigh was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire in August 1880, the son of John Randles Weigh and Elizabeth Weigh.  His father was a ship’s steward and his mother died in 1886, aged 43 years, leaving his father to rear the family.  In 1915, he lived at 23, Peel Street, Tranmere, Birkenhead.

He engaged on board the Lusitania on 30th April 1915 at New York, as a waiter in the Stewards' Department at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d., (£4.25p.).  This was the day before she sailed on her last ever trans-Atlantic crossing.

He survived the sinking, which took place just seven days later.  He was aged 35 at the time, although when he signed on for the voyage he declared his age as being just 30 years!

On the 5th February 1930, while serving as a 2nd class pantry man on board the Lamport & Holt Ltd. liner, SS Vandyke, on a voyage from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Liverpool, Edward Weigh died of Meningitis, aged 48 years.

At the time of his death, Edward Weigh was residing in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, UniLiv. D92/6/1, Deaths at Sea 1781 – 1968, PRO BT 350.

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