John Almond was born on 3 April 1889 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, the son of John and Alice Almond, of 66 Cherry Street, Blackburn. He was the eldest of eight children, and his parents were cotton weavers. The family had previously resided at 4 Plymouth Street, Blackburn.
After completing his education he followed in his parents’ footsteps by becoming a cotton weaver, however, after a few years he abandoned this profession for a life as a merchant seaman. He joined the Blue Funnel Line as a steward, before moving on to the Cunard Steam Ship Company. On 12 April 1915 he engaged as a first class steward in the Stewards Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool, at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d, (£4.25). He then reported for duty on the early morning of 17 April 1915 before she left Liverpool Pier Head for the very last time and one week later he arrived safely at her New York destination.
He was serving in the same capacity on the great liner’s return voyage and was killed after she was torpedoed on 7 May 1915. He was aged 26 years.
A report in the 15 May 1915 edition of the 'Blackburn Times' stated:
"..when last seen Mr. Almond was in the water. He had a life-belt around him, and was keeping himself afloat with the aid of a deck chair."
John Almond was never seen alive again and his body was not recovered and identified after the sinking. As a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334, Blackburn Times (Photo).