Mr James Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland on 15 July 1871. He was the son of Samuel Lewis, a weaver, and Mary Johnston.
He was married in Belfast’s Trinity Church on 10 December 1895 to Margaret Anne Higgins (b. circa 1877) but it is not certain if they ever had children.
Lewis’ ship prior to Titanic had been the Egret. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
With his last address recorded as 30a Great Patrick Street in Belfast, James Lewis was a fireman and trimmer aboard the cargo ship SS Garron Head when that vessel was torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay by U103 and sunk on 16 November 1917.
He is remembered on the memorial to merchant seamen lost at sea situated at Tower Hill, London.