John Ashe was born in 1896, the son of Richard and Mary Ashe. The family home was at 7, House, 1, Court, Back Grafton Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. John’s father was a dock worker.
He signed on as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool, on 12th April 1915 for what would be the liner’s last ever voyage to America and reported for duty at 8 a.m. on 17th April, the day she left the River Mersey. As a trimmer, his monthly rate of pay was £6-0s-0d. and upon engagement, he was given an advance on his pay of £1-0s-0d.
Having successfully completed the voyage to New York, he was still serving on board n the Engineering Department when the vessel set out on the return journey on the 1st May 1915. John Ashe was killed when the ship was sunk on the 7th May when struck by a torpedo launched from the German submarine U-20. He was aged 19 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.