James Joseph Larkin was born in the United States of America in 1882, the son of James and Catherine Larkin. He was married to Catherine Larkin, (née McAllister) and they lived at 9, Milford Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He was employed as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania and was killed in the sinking.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 33.
In August 1915, Catherine Larkin was given the balance of wages owed to her husband in respect of his service before the vessel sank. This was reckoned from 17th April until 8th May, 1915, 24 hours after the
Lusitania had gone down. In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her an annual pension to compensate her for the loss of her husband. This amounted to £46-7s-10d. (£46.39p.) which was payable at the rate of £3-17s-4d. (£3.86½p.) per month.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Wallasey News, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.