John McKenna was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, in 1885, the son of Owen and Johanna McKenna. He was unmarried and the only address known for him was in 1911 at the home of his married sister, Ellen Walsh, at 52. Ashfield Cottages, Liverpool.
He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania on 12th April 1915 at Liverpool at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d., and did not survive the sinking. His brother-in-law, Richard Walsh, who was married to his sister, and whose home he resided in, was also on board the Lusitania, serving as a greaser, and he was fortunate to survive.
John McKenna’s body was not recovered and identified afterwards and consequently, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 30 years, although he gave his age when signing on for the voyage as being 26 years!
1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission , Cunard Records, PRO BT 334, John Murphy.