John was born in Plymouth in 1883. He married Jane Berry in Wolverhampton in 1907. In 1911, they were living at 64 Lower Vauxhall with their two children, Lilian and Eva. He worked for the Wolverhampton Corporation Waterworks Department for 11 years. The couple had a further two children – Florence (1913) and John R. (1915).
In November 1914, John enlisted in the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 3648). He first served in France from 25 June 1915. John was killed in action on 15 August 1915, having been hit by a piece of shell and dying instantly. This was announced in the Midland Counties Express on 9 October 1915. He is buried at Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery in Belgium, and he may be commemorated on the St John’s Church war memorial or on at for St Luke’s Church, Blakenhall.