Norman Albert Ratcliff: He had been born 8 December 1878 in Chatham, Kent, England. His parents were John Edwin, a general auctioneer born 1853 at Brompton, Kent, and Laura Mary (nee Percival; she had been born in 1854 at Rochester, Kent) Ratcliff who had married 26 December 1876 at St. Margaret Next Rochester in Kent, England in the Church of England. In 1881, the Ratcliffe family lived at Paddock Street in Chatham, Kent. Norman was 2 years old and had a little sister, Florence Laura, an infant. A servant, Sarah Doyle, 17, also lived with the family at the time. In 1891, they still lived in Chatham, and there was an additional brother, John Percival, who had been born in 1877 (it is not known why he was not present in the 1881 census). In 1901, he was listed as working in/with ”Manchester Warehouse, ” residing in Regent Road in Gillingham, Kent, in the household of his aunt, Rebecca Baker, 51. Norman married Jessie May Baker in 1902 in Medway, Kent. In 1911, he lived at 72 College Avenue in Gillingham, Kent with wife Jessie May, 28, and children Doris May, 6, Norman, 3, and Ronald Ewart, an infant. He was noted as a ”Commercial Traveller – German Underwear Manufacturer.” He had left Liverpool, England, 9 January 1915 on the Transylvania and was bound for Manhattan Hotel, New York City. He was noted as a married director and commercial traveller aged 36. He was 5’6’’ tall, had light brown hair and brown eyes. He was returning from a visit to Japan when he was travelling on the Lusitania. He passed away in Maidenhed, Kent, on 9 November 1959.
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