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John was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of Edward and Sarah Blower. In 1901, they were living at 5 Dukes Street, Wolverhampton, together with John’s brother, Albert E. In 1906, he married May Walker in Wolverhampton. By 1911, the couple and their son, Henry, were living with his parents at 185 Walsall Street, Wolverhampton. John was a waggoner.

At Stafford, John enlisted in the Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queens Own Royal Regiment) (service number 300348), and became a Lance Corporal. He first served in Egypt from 10 November 1915. He was killed in action in Egypt on 17 April 1917, one hundred years ago today. He is remembered at the Jerusalem Memorial, as well as on the memorial at St Luke’s Church, Blakenhall.