John Edward Hopton was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Joseph and Lydia Hopton. In 1901 they were living at 50 Granville Street, together with John’s brothers Abram, Richard, Samuel and William, and sister Lydia. John attended All Saint’s School and later worked for Chillington Tool Works.
Seeing the call for a Non-Manual section in the Express & Star when the war broke out, Hopton enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment on 4 September 1914, and became a Lance-Corporal. According to an article in the Midland Counties Express of 25 November 1916, he was “not long in winning the approval of his superior officers, as he always paid strict attention to duty, and was ever a good comrade.” He was killed during severe fighting on 13 October 1915 at the age of 21. By this date his parents were living at 111 Vicarage Road. He is commemorated at the Loos Memorial.