John Anderson was born in Norway in 1848. He was married to Teresa Anderson and they lived at 25 Gray Street, Bootle, Lancashire, England.
He was a professional mercantile marine seaman and on 12 April 1915 he engaged as an able seaman in the Deck Department on board the
Lusitania, at a monthly rate of pay of £5-10s-0d (£5.50). He reported for duty on board the liner at 7am on 17 April before she left the River Mersey for the very last time. It was not the first time that he had served on the vessel.
Having completed the first leg of her voyage to New York, he was killed on the afternoon of 7 May 1915, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20 within sight of the southern coast of Ireland and only hours away from her home port. He was aged 67 years.
As his body was not recovered and identified afterwards, he has no known grave and as a result is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial to the Missing of The Mercantile Marine, in London.
In August 1915 he was officially discharged from the :Lusitania's final voyage and his family received the balance of pay owing to him in respect of his sea service from 17 April 1915 until 8 May, 24 hours after the liner had been sunk.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.