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The son of William and Elizabeth Peters, John was born in about 1879 in Bilston. By 1911, he was living with his parents at 101 Broad Lanes, Bilston, along with his brothers Thomas, James, William and Joseph. John was a tin smith.

John enlisted first with the Durham Light Infantry (number 4844) and then transferred to the 7th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (number 35150). He was killed in action on 7 October 1916, as reported in the Express & Star on 25 January 1917. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.