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John was born in Wolverhampton in 1886, the son of William G. and Charlotte A. Booth. In 1901 they were living at 269 Coleman Street, together with John’s sisters Lilly M., Frances E., Charlotte M., Beatrice May and Gertrude Mabel. By 1911, they were at 257 Horden Road, with William Percy, Beatrice, John and Gertrude still living with their parents. John was a tram conductor working for the Borough Council. John married Muriel Jessie Lane in Wolverhampton in 1915

John enlisted in the Training Reserve (number 5963) and later joined the 9th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers (number 40798) He was killed in action on 17 August 1917. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, and the memorial in Heath Park.