John Newby 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.).
Having completed an uneventful voyage to New York, Mr. Newby was again on board on the 1st May, as the great liner left Pier 54 in New York harbour for the return voyage to Liverpool. Six days out of New York, on the afternoon of 7th May, the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and at best fourteen hours steaming time away from the safety of her home port!
John Newby survived this action, and having been rescued from the sea, he was landed at Queenstown, from where he eventually made it back to Liverpool, having been treated for injuries at Queenstown Infirmary. Once there, he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the Lusitania and was paid the balance of wages owing to him. This sum was in respect of his service on board from 17th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down!
Nothing further is known about him.