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About Patrick

Patrick Reynolds is believed to have been born in Liverpool, Lancashire, on the 26th March 1878, the son of Thomas and Margaret Reynolds.  His father died while Patrick was still an infant.

Patrick was working in a bottling store when he married Anastasia Doolan in Liverpool on the 5th August 1900.  In 1905, the couple had a son, named Patrick, before Anastasia died in September 1906.

On the 29th January 1919, Patrick married Isabella McGorry (née Hesketh), a widow with eight children.  Her first husband, Michael Thomas McGorry had died in Liverpool in 1914, four weeks before their eight child was born!

Patrick Reynolds had enlisted in the British Mercantile Marine and he engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12th April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d, (£6.50p.) and joined the vessel before she left the River Mersey for the last time, five days later.

He survived the sinking three weeks later and after being rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown, but because of severe bruising that he had sustained after the liner was torpedoed, he was taken to the South Infirmary Hospital in Cork City and given rest and treatment until he was well enough to make the journey back to Liverpool.

There, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s last voyage and given the sum of £6-10s-0d, (£6.50p.) in respect of his sea service from 17th April 1915 until 8th May 1915 - 24 hours after the ship had gone down.

By 1924, Patrick was residing at 8. Birkett Street, Liverpool.  On the 28th May 1924, Patrick Reynolds died of a brain tumour at the Workhouse Hospital, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, aged 45 years.

His son, James, followed his father to sea by becoming a bell boy on liners at the age of 14 years!

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Cork Examiner, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 350, John Murphy.

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