George Hutchinson was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1881, and in 1915 he lived at 50a Deysbrook Lane, Liverpool.
He was a professional sailor in the British Mercantile Marine and on 14 April 1915 he engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, at the Cunard offices at Liverpool, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d (£6.50), £1 of which was advanced to him at the time. He reported for duty at 8am three days later, in time for the liner’s last ever sailing out of the River Mersey. His previous ship had been the Leyland Lines vessel the SS Scotian.
The liner crossed the Atlantic Ocean to New York, arriving on 24 April 1915, and left for her return to Liverpool on the early afternoon of 1 May. Six days later, on the afternoon of 7 May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland. At that time she was only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port.
George Hutchinson survived this action, and having been rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown. On his return to Liverpool he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the
Lusitania and was paid the balance of wages owing to him, which amounted to £4-14s-0d (£4.70). This sum was in respect of his service on board from 17 April to 8 May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down. He was aged 34 years at the time of the sinking.
Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.