John Edward Hughes was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1878, the son of Rowland and Eleanor Hughes. He was married to Lily Hughes, (née Bentley) in 1904, and in 1915 they lived at the family home, 305 Liverpool Road, Birkdale, Lancashire, England.
He served as Hospital Attendant in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, having signed on at Liverpool on 13th April 1915 for what would be her final voyage to America. His daily rate of pay was £00.04s.03d.(21p).
He was killed when the Cunarder was sunk, aged 37 years.
His body was not found and identified afterwards and as a consequence, he has no known grave. His name is therefore embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Lily Hughes to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £21-9s-5d. (£21.47p.) which was payable at the rate of £1-15s-10d. (£1.79p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.