John was the only child of William and Annie, his father was an innkeeper/hotel keeper and in 1891 lived at the Fleece Inn, Queensbury along with his wife and one servant.  John was born in 1892 whilst his parents still lived in the village.

The 1901 census sees the family living in Bolton along with William’s brother and niece and in 1911 living at 145 Eccles New Road, Salford with William a hotel manager.  Alongside the family four servants are also listed on the census so this address was probably the hotel of which William managed.  John, who was then aged 19, was employed as an apprentice draper.

Serving in the 19th Battalion. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) John who held the rank of Lance Corporal and was aged 26, died of wounds on 8th December 1917.   He is buried at OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL (II. C. 11). His grave inscription reads: “Rest dear son thy work is o’er thy loving hands shall do no more”.