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John was born in Wolverhampton on 16 September 1888, the son of John and Sarah Ann Rafferty. In 1891, they were living at 103 Back Street, Wednesfield, together with John’s sisters, Alice, and brother, George. In 1901 they were living at the Back of 9 Hare Street, Bilston, and they were joined by additional brothers Robert and William. By 1911 they were at 49 Bridge Street, Bilston, along with Alice’s husband, Harold Braddock, and daughter, Gladys May Braddock. By this date, John was a labourer in the iron, brass and tin plate industry.

John enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, and became a Sergeant (service number 10047). From 21 July 1915 he served in the Balkans. He was awarded the Military Medal, as highlighted in the London Gazette on 28 January 1918.

John survived the war. I have been unable to confirm details of any marriage or children, but he died in Wolverhampton in 1969.