Mr Hans Linus Eklund was born in Snavlunda, Örebro, Sweden on 30 October 1895.
He was the illegitimate son of Augusta Amalia Albertina Eklund (b. 8 May 1874), a domestic maid. He had a brother, Anders Emanuel (b. 1903) and a sister, Karin (b. 1908) who were also born illegitimately. Hans appears to have had a dysfunctional childhood and may have spent time in foster care or children's homes as a child. By 1912 he was a factory worker and lived at Kårberg, Skyllbergs, Snavlunda.
Hans was travelling from Kårberg to his uncle 1 Johan Bernhard Eklund (b. 1870) in Jerome Junction, Arizona. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 347074 which cost £7, 15s, 6d) and is thought to have been travelling alone.
Hans Eklund died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The Mansion House Fund paid 2699.52 Kr (£148) to his mother but she made no damage claims. Augusta Eklund would lose her daughter Karin in 1916 and her son Anders in 1920. She later married, becoming Mrs August Wilhelm Jansson and died on 21 November 1959 aged 85.