Peter Manning was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1877. In 1915, he lived at 181 Arlington Street, Liverpool and was a professional fireman in the British Mercantile Marine.
He engaged in this capacity in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12 April 1915, for what became her last voyage, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d, (£6.50), £1-0s-0d of which was advanced to him at the time. He then reported for duty on the morning of the 17 April, before the liner left the River Mersey and her Liverpool home base, for ever. He had previously served on the Cunarder
Carmania, no doubt in the same capacity.
The liner crossed the Atlantic without incident and having docked in New York on 24 April 1915, she left there on the early afternoon of 1 May, to commence her return to Liverpool. Then, six days later, on the afternoon of 7 May, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port.
Fireman Manning survived this sinking, however and having been rescued from the sea and landed at Queenstown, he eventually returned to Liverpool, where he was paid the balance of wages owing to him in respect of his time on board the
Lusitania. This was counted from 17 April until 8 May 1915 - 24 hours after the liner had gone down, - and amounted to £4-14s-0d, (£4.70). He was aged 38 years at the time of the sinking.
Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345.