John Herbert Woods was born at 12. Back Bark Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on the 20th January 1878, the son of James and Alice Woods. His father was a carter, and at some time after his birth, the family moved to Liverpool, presumably because of better work opportunities for his father.
In 1904, he married Margaret Cottrill in Liverpool, and they lived at 46, Northcote Road, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He served as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk.
As his body was not recovered and identified afterwards, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 36 years.
In August 1915, his widow Margaret received from Cunard, the balance of pay owed to him in respect of his service on the
Lusitania’s last voyage. This was reckoned to be from 17th April 1915 until 8th May - 24 hours after the liner had actually gone down. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension that amounted to £74-11s-2d. (£74.56p.) per year, payable at the rate of £6-4s-4d. (£6.21½p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.