A Banner was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, in 1863. He lived at 307 West 113th Street, New York City, New York, USA, which suggests that he was a professional seaman and made regular trips across the Atlantic.
He engaged on 30 April 1915 at New York as a waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania, for her final voyage home, at a monthly rate of £4-5s-0d, (£4.25). It proved a tragic choice for him as he was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 52 years.
His body was not found and identified afterwards and as a consequence, he has no known grave. He is therefore commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Tower Hill Memorial register records that he was a fireman on board ship, but Cunard records show him as being a waiter. In this case the Cunard records are likely to be the more reliable source.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv D92/6/1, PRO BT 334.