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Sydney Williams

Sydney Williams

About Sydney

Sydney Williams was born in 1892, the son of Edward Ames and Sarah Williams.  The family home was at 34, Lord Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire.

He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 13th April 1915 at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d., £1-0s-0d of which was advanced to him, when he engaged. 

He served as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and he did not survive the sinking.  He was aged 23 years.

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

In August 1915, his mother 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 £20-13s-11d. (£20.65½p.) per year, payable at the rate of £1-14s-6d. (£1.72½p.) per month.  Sydney’s father pre-deceased him, and obviously his mother was some way dependant on him.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

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