I thought I'd found him working as firstly a deck boy, then a mess room steward on a number of regular passenger liners working between Liverpool and Sydney. However, it hit a problem when he is listed as working on the Ceramic in Oct, 1916. This would have been after his enlistment in July, 1915.
- 1910 - Balasore - Liverpool - Sydney - Deck Boy
- 1911 - Era - Port Pirie - Sydney OS
- 1912 May - Irishman - Liverpool - Sydney - Mess Room Steward
- 1913 May - Irishman - Liverpool - Sydney - Mess Room Steward
- 1914 May - Irishman - Liverpool - Sydney - Linen Keeper
- 1915 May and Oct- Ceramic - Liverpool - Sydney - Steward (later HMAT A40)
Normally, I'd say I've got the wrong person, but the linen steward connection seems pretty telling. They have the same year and place of birth - true, not an uncommon name.
Is this the same guy? It would explain how he got to Australia. And it seems while his father is listed as next of kin, he is done so via some living in Stockton - Mrs George TAYLOR, with his father remaining and dying in England. So no apparent other family in Australia. Working as a seaman would explain (1) How he got to Australia, (2) Lack of other family in Australia (3) Connection to Stockton.