Hemingway, John William

John William Hemingway. Bandsman. He lived in Buslington, England, and was the son of Joseph, a musician born 7 October 1863 at Dewsbury, Yorkshire,  and Mary (nee Goodall; she had been born 30 October 1862 at Dewsbury) Hemingway, who had married 6 December 1879 in St. John’s Church in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. He had been christened on 1 April 1888 at St. Phillip’s Church, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. In that case, he had been born 2 February 1888 and the family belonged to the Church of England. In 1911, he lived at 220 Quay Road in Bridlington, Yorkshire, with his parents and siblings Hannah (25), Herbert (21), Mary (18), and Nillie (12). John was listed as a ”musician double bass player.”


Hawkins, Handel

Handel Hawkins (Thomas Handel Hawkins?). Bandsman. Born 5 August 1887 to Thomas, a provision dealer from Oldham, born abour 1845, and Sarah Hawkins, who hailed from Middleton, Derbyshire (born around 1856), in Oldham, Lancashire. He was christened on 11 September at St. Thomas’ Church in Werneth, Lancashire. The family belonged to the Church of England.

Drakeford, Ernest Dixon

Ernest Dixon Drakeford (The Cunard Line, however, listed him as ‘George’). He was a bandsman on the Lusitania. He had been born 31 May 1883 at Rotherham (Swinton), Yorkshire, England, to Thomas, a pottery dish maker born about 1852 at Longton, Staffordshire, and Ruth Elizabeth (nee Dixon; born about 1860 at Southwick, Sunderland, Durham) Drakeford, who had married 6 July 1880 in Southwick, Durham, England. In 1901, he was 17 years old and noted as a railway engine fitter apprentice, living with his family at Bridge Street in Swinton. His brothers and sisters were Arthur I., 15, an assistant confectioner, Stanley, 12, Sidney, 3, and Hilda, an infant. His grandmother Margaret Dixon, 75, also lived with the family at the time.

Hill, Frederick

National Archives, London, England. Crown Copyright.

Frederick Hill. Waiter. Born 11 April 1883 in Liverpool. He was not listed among those on the ship by the Cunard, but he is to be found when signing on the ship’s articles and also on lists of survivors, indicating his presence on the ship after all.

Ferris, John

John Ferris. Assistant Steward. He had been born in 1883 in County Kerry, Ireland. It was reported that he had been station master at Fenit on the coast of Kerry before joining the Mercantile Marine. A John Joseph Ferris had been born 20 June 1883 in Kerry, Ireland, and had applied for a social security number in the USA. There is a chance he was the Lusitania crewman.

McIver, John

John McIver. He was an Assistant Steward on the Lusitania. He was born 2 November 1888 in Glasgow, Scotland. He lived at 127 York Drive, Hindland, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was one of those transferred from the Cameronia. He was later described as a cook. 

National Archives, London, England. Crown Copyright.

Grainger, Robert

Robert Grainger. Waiter. He was born 30 July 1884 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, to John M., a joiner born about 1853 in Scotland, and Rodina (nee Grainger!? she had been born about 1857 in Scotland; quite possibly 7 November 1858 at Old Machar, then as Rodina McKenzie Grainger) Grainger, who had married 16 October 1874 in Old Machar, Aberdeen. In 1901, the Grainger family lived at Lower Breck Road in Walton on the Hill, Lancashire. Robert was 16 years of age and was a (domestic) coachman. His siblings were noted as Mary, 24, a draper’s assistant, Charles, 19, a french polisher, Robina, 11, and Gordon, 4 (all siblings were born in Scotland). On 30 March 1904, he married Mary Jane Davies in Liverpool and the couple had two daughters. He served in the Army and at some point, his wife must have passed away. He married widow Elizabeth Parker (nee Monkhouse) in or after 1917 and they had two sons. He died in July 1954, aged 68, in Walton, Liverpool.