John Shevland was born in Liverpool, Lancashire on 27 December 1884, the son of John and Mary Ellen Shevland. He lived at 17 Scholar Street, Toxteth, Liverpool.
Nothing else is know about him or his service with the Mercantile Marine, except that he served as a second class waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk. He was aged 30 years.
His body was not recovered and identified afterwards, so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
When his will was proven on 8 July 1915, administration was granted to Mrs Winifred Ellen Curran, probably his sister, and his effects amounted to £90-5s-7d (£90.28). The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to his sister, Caroline Shevland, of £13-0s-0d (£13) payable at the rate of £1-1s-8d (£1.08½) per month. This would indicate that she was in some way dependant on her brother at the time of his death.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, David Irving, Robert O'Brien, Probate Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.