Philip Keating was born in Crossreagh, Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, in 1883, the son of Philip and Annie Keating. Philip grew up on the family farm before immigrating to Liverpool, Lancashire, England, where he worked as a casual labourer in many areas, including as a fireman in the mercantile marine.
He served as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 31 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards. and as a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
1901 Census of Ireland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.