Sidney Taft: he had lived with his brother George, at 332, Hillside Avenue, Needham Heights, and had been a machinist in Boston and had been employed by the American Postal Machine Company of 200 Congress Street, Boston. Mr. Taft was born in Birmingham, England around 1884. In 1901, he was listed as a driller in the cycle trade and lived at Cuthbert Road in Birmingham with his parents and brothers William, 21, Edward Harry, 18, Harry R., 15, Albert, 12, and Percy, 7. His parents may have been George, a grinder in the cycle trade born 1850 in Ludlow, Shropshire, and Eleanor Eliza (nee Leech) Taft, born about 1851 in Birmingham. In 1911, he was noted as a ”bedstead worker (brass),” living in Worcestershire. He was registered as Sydney Taft. In 1881, he had five additional siblings; Eleanor E., 9, George J., 7, Walter H., 5, James A., 4, and Annie L., 2.
”Sidney Taft, a second cabin passenger on the Lusitania, lived for the last two years at the home of his brother, George Taft, 332 Hillside av, Needham Heights, and had been a machinist in Boston. Mr. Taft was born in Birmingham, Eng, and was bound there for an indefinite stay on account of his health. Mr. Taft has a father, five brothers and two sisters. One brother, Harry Taft, is with the British troops on the continent, and another, Albert, is with his regiment in England. Most of the family all live in Birmingham, Eng.” (The Boston Daily Globe, 8 May 1915, p. 9) He survived the sinking of the Lusitania.
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