John Richard Perry was born in Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire in 1884, the son of Henry and Alice Perry. His father was a gardener, and for most of John’s childhood, the family home was at 18. Prince Street, Waterloo, Liverpool.
In 1914, John married Elizabeth Voce and they set up home at 21, Holly Grove, Seaforth, Lancashire.
He served as a first class bedroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and had responsibility for Rooms A16 to A34, even numbers only. He was killed when the ship was sunk.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 31 years.
When his will was proven on 16th June 1915, administration was granted to his widow and his effects amounted to £626-15s-8d, (£625.77p).
In August of the same year, he was officially discharged from the last voyage of the
Lusitania and his widow was paid the balance of wages owed to him, in respect of his service on board the
Lusitania from 30th April 1915, until 8th May, 24 hours after the vessel had gone down! In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Elizabeth Perry which amounted to £31-10s-11d. (£31.54½p.) which was payable at the rate of £2-13s-1d. (£2.65½p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, David Irving, Robert O'Brien, Probate Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO. 22/71, PRO BT 334.