John Mudge was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, in 1868, the son of James and Ann Mudge. He married Rosa Ann Honiball in Liverpool on the 11th November 1893, and the couple lived at 99. Louisa Street, Everton, Liverpool, with their two daughters.
John was a professional seaman, serving as a steward in the mercantile marine, and he engaged as a night watchman in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 and reported for duty on board, on the morning of 17th April before the liner left Princes Landing stage at Liverpool for the very last time.
Three weeks later, after the liner was torpedoed and sunk, he was fortunate enough to be counted as one of the survivors and landed at Queenstown.
When he eventually reached Liverpool, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s final voyage and paid the balance of wages owing to him. In keeping with all the crew, his wages were calculated for the period of the voyage which was reckoned to be from 17th April 1915 until 8th May, 24 hours after the ship foundered
John Mudge continued to serve in the mercantile marine for many years. He died in Liverpool on the 2nd March 1949, aged 81 years.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 English Census, 1901 English Census, 1881 English Census, 1871 English Census, Cunard Records, PRO BT 349.