Sidney Taft: Mr. Taft was born in the third quarter of 1883 in Birmingham, England (listed Sidney Tafft). His parents were George, a grinder in the cycle trade born 1850 in Ludlow, Shropshire, and Eleanor Eliza (nee Leech) Taft, born about 1851 in Birmingham. His parents had married 13 February 1871 at St. David’s Church in Birmingham, in the Church of England tradition. In 1901, Sidney 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. 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 Eliza, 9, George James, 7, Walter Henry, 5, James Andrew, 4, and Annie Laura, 2. He had left Liverpool 29 April 1913 on the Franconia, noted as an unmarried brass worker aged 29 and his last name was advised as Tafft. His last place of permanent residence was Smethwick, England, where his father George lived at Queen Street. He was bound for Needham, Massachusetts, where his brother George lived. He was 4’4.5’’ tall (5’4.5’’?), had fair hair and blue eyes. 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.
”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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