John Davies was born at Dylynog, Denbighshire, North Wales in 1853, the son of John and Ann Davies. He lived at 6 Malta Road, Bootle, Lancashire.
He served as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and was killed after the liner was torpedoed. He was aged 62 years.
His body was never recovered afterwards and as a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. After the War, Trimmer Davis’ family received the British War Medal and Mercantile Marine Medal which were awarded posthumously to him. They are in the hands of a private collector today.
A Cunard list of particulars of crew engagements held in the Public Records Office states his age on engagement to be 58 years, but the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, taken from family supplied information are more likely to be accurate in this instance.
1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.