Terence McParland was born in Carriff, Forkhill, County Armagh, Ireland, in 1886, the son of Arthur and Anne McParland of 28, Mann Street, Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire. His father had been a farmer in Ireland, and also a part-time marine fireman.
He engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12th April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d, (£6.50p.) and was killed when she was sunk.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a result his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 29 years.
His surname is spelled McFarland in a list of the crew published by Cunard in March 1916, but this is probably a misprint.
In August 1915, his family were paid the balance of wages owing to Terence McParland in respect of his sea service from 17th April until 8th May 1915 - 24 hours after the liner had gone down. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted his mother a yearly pension to compensate her for the loss of her son, on whom she must have been some way dependant upon, which amounted to £5-1s-6d. (£5.07½p.) which was payable at the rate of £0-8s-6d. (£0.42½p.) per month.
1911 Census of Ireland., 1901 Census of Ireland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.