James Elliott was born in Liverpool in 1864, the son of William and Mary Elliott. He was married to Mary Elliott (née Elliott) and they lived at 14 Bittern Street, Stoneycroft, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He was employed as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 51 years.
His body was never recovered and identified afterwards and as a consequence he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records.