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John was born in Wolverhampton in 1877, the son of Charles and Charlotte. In 1891, they were living at 154 Great Hampton Street, Wolverhampton, along with John’s siblings Georgina, Florence Beatrice, Ann Maud, and Lily Gertrude. John married Ethel Godwin in Aston in 1905, and they had at least five children – Harold Charles, John Alfred, Stanley Rowland, Doris I. and Hilda V. Unfortunately, John Alfred died as an infant aged 0 in 1908. By 1911, the family were living at 4 Court, Upper Zoar Street, and John was a Colour Maker at the Mander Brothers Ltd varnish and paint manufacturers.

John enlisted with the Coldstream Guards (number 2038), entering the war in France on 24 February 1915. John died of wounds on 18 June 1917. He is buried at the Ferme-Olivier Cemetery in Belgium, and commemorated on the Mander Brothers memorial as well as the roll of honour at St Chad and St Mark’s Church.