Peter Fearon was born in Bootle, Lancashire on 24 March 1885, the eldest son of Thomas and Rose Ann Fearon. He was educated at St Alexander’s Elementary School, Bootle.
He married Mary Anne Fearon (née Campbell) on 26 December 1912 and they lived at the family home 106 Olivia Street, Bootle with their two children. The eldest was their son Thomas.
Peter engaged as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915. His monthly wage as a greaser was £7 and he was granted a £1 advance at the time. He reported for duty at 8am on 17 April 1915 for the Cunarder’s last ever voyage out of the River Mersey.
He was killed just three weeks later when the Lusitania was sunk. He was aged 30 years.
His body was never recovered and identified after the disaster, so as he has no known grave he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London and on the municipal war memorial in Bootle, Merseyside.
He is also commemorated on the family grave in Ford Cemetery, Litherland, Liverpool. The inscription on the headstone reads:
"ALSO MY DEAR HUSBAND
LOST HIS LIFE ON THE 'LUSITANIA'
7TH MAY 1915, AGED 30 YEARS."
The Cunard Steamship Company paid all the crew members up to 8 May 1915, 24 hours after the ship had gone down. In August 1915 the balance of wages owing to Greaser Fearon was paid to his widow Mary in respect of his sea service from 17 April to 8 May. The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited also granted a yearly pension to Mary to compensate her for the loss of her husband. This amounted to £47-6s-1d (£47.30½) payable at the rate of £3-18s-11d (£3.94½) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Liverpool Echo, PRO BT 100/345, Helen Ryan, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.