John Dimond was born at Southport, Lancashire, in late 1898, the son of William Henry and Annie Dimond, of 11 Murdoch Street, Liverpool.
He engaged on the Lusitania as a scullion in the Stewards' Department at New York, on 30 April 1915, at a monthly rate of pay of £3.15s.0d (£3.75). It proved to be a tragic move for him, as he was killed just one week later, when the ship was sunk. He was only 16 years of age at the time, although upon engagement, he gave his age as 18.
His body was never recovered and identified afterwards and as a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show his rank as that of a waiter but a crew list published by The Cunard Steam Ship Company in March 1916, states that he served as a scullion. By the time that the Tower Hill Memorial register was compiled, the family home was at 7 Bridge Road, Edge Hill, Liverpool.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv D92/6/1, PRO BT 334.