John Faulkner Dickinson was born in Liverpool on the 28 February 1874, the third son of Robert and Harriet Dickinson. It is thought that John first became a telegraph messenger, before finding employment in a grocery store.
On the 5 August 1900, he married Susan Dickinson, (née Child) in Liverpool and they lived at 15 Netherby Street, Liverpool. At this time he listed his occupation as being a grocer.
Sometime after his marriage, he turned his attention towards the sea and enlisted as a steward in the British Mercantile Marine. He engaged as a third class waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania on 12 April 1915 and reported for duty on the morning of the 17 April, before the Cunarder left Liverpool for the last time.
He was killed three weeks later when the liner was sunk and as his body was never recovered from the sea and subsequently identified, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing, at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 41 years.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Susan Dickinson to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £33-17s-7d (£33.88½) which was payable at the rate of £2-16s-6d (£2.82½) 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, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Liverpool Echo, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.