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Etienne Pierre Seurre

Etienne Pierre Seurre

About Etienne Pierre

Etienne Pierre Seurre was born in Dijon, Côte d'Or, France, in 1868, the son of M. and Mme. Pierre Seurre.  He was married to Sarah Jane Seurre, (née Hearn), in Paddington, London, in 1904, and whereas the family home was in London, Etienne gave his address when in Liverpool as being at 8, Moor Place, Liverpool.

By 1915, Etienne and his wife had two sons, Brian Etienne and Anthony Theodore.

Etienne Seurre served as Chef in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania at a monthly rate of £25-0s-0d, and nearly avoided her final voyage, which was to cost him his life.  It was normal for regular crew - and he had served on the Lusitania before - to sign on in advance of a voyage, but he only signed on for duty on the morning of her departure for New York, 17th April 1915, on what was the last time she would ever put out of Liverpool.

He lost his life when the liner was sunk and as his body was never recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.  He was aged 47 years.

The balance of wages owing to him was eventually paid to his widow in August 1915.  The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited also granted her an annual pension which amounted to £119-13s-4d. (£119.66½p.), payable at the rate of £9-19s-6d. (£9.97½p.) per month.

By the time that the Tower Hill Memorial was completed and the register compiled, his widow had moved to 5, Cambridge Mansions, Bromells Road, Clapham, London.

Germany and the Second World War further impacted on the life of the Seurre’s as Etienne’s son, Anthony, was killed during an air raid on the 20th October 1943, while serving as a leading fireman with the Fire Brigade in London.  He was aged 31 years.  His widow, Sarah Jane Seurre, died in London in 1967, aged 90 years.  She never re-married.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

Etienne Pierre Seurre



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