John Henry Bland was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1873, the son of Harriet and John Bland. He was married to Ada Bland (née Ellis) and they lived at 5 Balkan Street, Dingle, Liverpool. The couple had at least 3 children.
He engaged on board the Lusitania at New York on 30 April 1915, as a waiter in the Stewards' Department, at a monthly rate of £4.5s.0d (£4.25). It proved to be a tragic choice for him, as he was killed just one week later, when the ship was sunk. He was aged 42 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Cunard records show his rank to be that of waiter, whilst those of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission show it as fireman. Cunard records, although more likely to show his correct rank, erroneously spell his name Blend.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Ada Bland to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £69-17s-7d (£69.88) which was payable at the rate of £5-16s-6d (£5.82½) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv D92/6/1, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.