Robert Edward Williams was born in Liverpool, Lancashire in 1885, the son of Robert Edward and Annie Williams. He was married to Annie Williams, (née Reynolds) in Liverpool on the 24th March 1909, and they lived at 1, Dyson Street, Walton, Liverpool.
Robert was an insurance agent at one time, but left his position and joined the British mercantile marine and served as a night watchman in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk.
As his body was not recovered and identified afterwards he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 29 years.
In August 1915, his widow was given the balance of wages due to him in respect of his sea service on the
Lusitania’s final voyage. This was reckoned to be from 17th April to 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the steamer had gone down. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension that amounted to £44-19s-8d. (£44.98½p.) per year, payable at the rate of £3-15s-0d. (£3.75p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.