Patrick John ‘Pat’ Hastings was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on 13 April 1871, the son of Michael and Mary Hastings. The family home was at 63 Great Crosshall Street, Liverpool.
He engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12 April 1915, but for some reason he did not engage under his own name, but as Patrick Heston. As a fireman, his monthly rate of pay was £6-10s-0d (£6.50), £1-0s-0d of which was advanced to him at the time. He reported for duty at 8am on 17 April 1915 in time for the liner’s last voyage out of the River Mersey. It was not his first voyage on the Lusitania.
Three weeks later he was killed when the liner was torpedoed and sunk within sight of the Irish coast and only hours away from her Liverpool destination. As his body was never recovered and identified afterwards, he has no known grave.
As a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London under his real name, John Patrick Hastings. He was aged 44 years although when he engaged he falsely stated that he was 40.
In August 1915 his family was paid the balance of wages owing to him in respect of his sea time on board the
Lusitania. This time was reckoned from 17 April until 8 May 1915, 24 hours after the liner had foundered.
A record of those known to have been on the ship when she sank, published by The Cunard Steam Ship Company in March 1916, states that he had served as Patrick Heaten,
but this would appear to be a simple mis-reading of his signature at the time he engaged.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, P. Johnston, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.