In 1901 John, then aged 4, was living with his father Charles and his Grandparents at 27 Campbell Street, Queensbury, his father who was a widower was employed as house painter. Charles married Annie Pickles in 1904 and on the census of 1911 records that they lived at 21 Cambridge Street, Queensbury. John was a spinner in a mill and he had two step sisters Emily and Florrie who were also both employed as spinners.
Serving in the 7th Battalion. East Yorkshire Regiment, John was killed in action on 18th September 1918, his body, if recovered, was not identified and having no known grave he is commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL (Panel 4).
The battalion went into action at 05:20hrs on 18th September close to the village of Gouzeaucourt. The war diary gives a detailed account of the action which saw the battalion fighting and holding the line for several days. Other Rank casualties for the month were: Killed 16, wounded 244, missing 45.