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Walter Wood

Walter Wood

About Walter

Walter Wood was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England, on the 8th February 1884.

In 1915, he lived at 5, Lytton Grove, Seaforth, Liverpool, Lancashire, and was a professional seaman in the British Mercantile Marine.

He engaged as a first class bedroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d., (£4.25p.), and reported for duty on at 7 a.m., on the morning of 17th, before the liner sailed out of the River Mersey for her final voyage to New York.

He survived the sinking three weeks later and after being taken from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown, from where he was eventually repatriated to Liverpool.  There he was officially paid off from the liner’s final voyage, the balance of wages owing to him being £4-9s-6d, (£4.42½p.).  This included payment up until 8th May, 24 hours after the liner sank.

Walter Wood continued to serve at sea for many years after his ordeal on the Lusitania, primarily on the Carmania, Mauritania, Aquitania, and Queen Mary, and later moved to 44. Middlesex Road, Bootle, Liverpool, before moving to Southampton, Hampshire, when the trans-Atlantic liners moved there from Liverpool.

Walter Wood remained in Southampton after he retired from the mercantile marine and died there on the 19th November 1958, aged 74 years.

Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv D92/2/76, PRO BT 350.

Walter Wood



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