John Manson George Brown was born in Stromness, on the Island of Orkney, on 9 August 1857, the son of William G and Catherine Brown. His father was a carpenter by trade; however, he later became a spirit merchant.
John and his older brother William both followed their father’s trade of carpentry, specialising in becoming ship’s carpenters.
On the 12 August 1886 John married Margaret Temple in the Church of St John the Baptist, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, and they went on to have seven children. In 1915 the family lived at 2 Weldon Street, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
He engaged as Joiner in the Deck Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool, on 12 April 1915 at a monthly rate of pay of £8-5s-0d, (£8.25) and reported for duty on the morning of 17 April before the liner left Liverpool for the last ever time.
He was killed after the liner was torpedoed, three weeks later and as his body was not amongst those recovered and identified afterwards he has no known grave.
Consequently he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 57 years.
In August 1915 his widow Margaret was finally paid the balance of wages owing to him for the
Lusitania’s last voyage. It represented his service from 17 April 1915 until 8 May, 24 hours after the liner had sunk.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Margaret Brown to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £35-1s-5d (£35.074) which was payable at the rate of £2-16s-6d (£2.82½) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1861 Census of Scotland, 1871 Census of Scotland, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334, UniLiv. PR 13/24.