James Beattie was born in 1891, the son of James and Miriam Beattie, and he lived at 35 Collins Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. His father was a railway porter and his mother died when James was aged about 7 years.
James Beattie served as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania and was not listed amongst the survivors, after the sinking. He was aged 24 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards, and as a consequence, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
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 334.