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John Thomas Rotton was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of George and Mary Ann Rotton (nee Jones). In 1901, John was living at 34 Aldersley Road, not with his parents (who were at number 33), but with his grandparents William and Elizabeth Jones, and his brother William. By 1911, John was living with his parents at 62 Aldersley Road, along with his five sisters (Lilian, Lucy, Daisy, Florence Beatrice, and Elizabeth Rose) and three brothers (William, Charles and Alfred).

John enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 11 December 1915, aged 20 years (no 146097). By this date, his trade was listed as “bricklayer”. He was 5 ft 6 and weighed 111 lbs. He married Edith Jane Russon on 22 January 1916 at Wolverhampton Registry Office, and the couple moved to 73 Beacon Street, Springfield. A daughter, Winifred May, was born on 30 June 1916.

John became a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. After his training he embarked on the SS Royal George to Salonica, arriving on 22 October 1916. He had a number of hospital stays including one for tapeworm in December 1916 and January 1917, and rejoined his company on 4 February 1917. I have not been able to track down his death record, but he does appear to have survived the war.

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