Neems, William Francis

283 William Francis Neems, age 37. He was a 1st Class Waiter on the Lusitania. He was the son of Margaret Jane Neems, born about 1855 at Liverpool, of 54 Vaughan Road, Wallasey, Cheshire, and the late (George) Frederick Neems. He had been born 27 November 1877 at Liverpool and was christened 17 February 1878 at the church of St. Peter in Liverpool in the Church of England tradition. There is a possibility his father was the Frederick Neems who passed away at Liverpool in 1896, aged 48. A Frederick Neems had been born in Gloucestershire about 1847 and lived in Lancashire in 1871, listed as an emigration agent. Could he perhaps have been William’s father? In 1901, he was a tram conductor aged 23 living at Denman Street in Liverpool with his mother Margaret J., 46, and sisters Edith Margaret, 21, a cafe waitress, Gertrude Isabel, 13, and Lily A., 6. Also present in the household was a boarder, Arthur Newnes, 21, a tram conductor and a native of Chester. He had other siblings who did not live with the family in 1901. In 1911, he lived at 10 Beach Grove in Liscard, Lancashire, with his wife Margaret. He was listed as a ship’s steward. He was the husband of Margaret Eliza Neems (nee Norris), of 46, Upper Brassey (Ramsay?) Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire. William Francis Neems married Margaret Eliza Morris in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1910. His brother Henry Charles Neems (b. 5 November 1884) also died in the war.


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