James Dwyer was born in Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland in 1895. He lived at 252 Derby Road, Bootle, near Liverpool, Lancashire.
He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania
at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 for her last voyage from Liverpool, at a monthly wage of £6.00.00 and he received an advance £1.00.00 when he engaged. It was not the first time that he had served on the liner.
Aged 20 years, he was killed when the liner was sunk on 7th May 1915.
His body was not one of those recovered and identified afterwards and as a result, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Cunard records erroneously give the name of a trimmer lost on the Lusitania as
John Dyer but the original Particulars of Engagement book held at the Public Record Office in Kew, Surrey, which every crew member signed when he engaged, clearly shows his signature to be
James Dwyer. He is also shown as having been paid off from the liner’s final voyage but it is likely that he was confused with Trimmer J. Dwyer who did survive.
Cunard obviously confused him either with Fireman John Dwyer or Trimmer James Dyer, both of whom survived the sinking.
Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.