James Ormrod was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on the 5th December 1870, the son of Thomas and Mary Ormrod. His father was a cooper by profession.
On the 19th February 1900, James married Frances Power and they set up home at 97, Robsart Street, Everton, Liverpool. The couple had five children – Mary, Agnes, Margaret, Annie, and James.
James was a professional seaman in the mercantile marine and engaged as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the
Lusitania, at Liverpool, on the 12th April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £7-0s-0d. He reported for duty on the morning of 17th April 1915, before the liner left the River Mersey for the last time. Three weeks later, he was killed after the liner was torpedoed.
His body was never found and identified afterwards and as a result, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 44 years.
In August 1915, the balance of wages still owed to him in respect of his service on the
Lusitania was also paid to his widow, Frances. It covered the period from 17th April until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the great ship had foundered. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension which amounted to £67-11s-3d. (£67.56p.) which was payable at the rate of £5-12s-8d. (£5.63p.) per month.
His younger brother Thomas Ormrod also served as a greaser on board the ship and was also killed when she was sunk.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1871 Census of England and Wales, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.