John Morris was born in Stepney, London in 1888, the son of John Daniel and Maria Morris. The family home was at 61, Duckett Street, Mile End, London. His mother died while he was quiet young and his father re-married in 1900.
He was a professional merchant seaman and was engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at New York, on 30th April 1915, just in time for her fateful voyage home. His monthly rate of pay was £6.-0s.-0d.
He was killed when the ship was sunk and his body was not recovered and identified later. As a consequence, he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 27 years.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show his rank as fireman, but several Cunard sources show it to have been that of trimmer.
1911 English Census, 1901 English Census, 1891 English Census, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.