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The sons of John William and Sarah E. North, John Bertram was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, and Clifford was born in Wolverhampton on 30 June 1899. In 1901 they were living in 62 Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton, along with their brother Victor Nash. By 1911, the family were living at 141 Oxford Street, Bilston, with an additional two children, Madeline M. and David H. John was a coach upholstery trimmer.

John enlisted with the 8th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 11794). He was wounded, and died of these wounds on 1 December 1915. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium, and is remembered on the Bilston High Town Ward Roll of Honour.

Clifford served as a Private with the Lincolnshire Regiment (service number 51224). He survived the war. He married Lily Rowley in Wolverhampton in 1932, and they had a son, Derek, born in 1944. Clifford died in Wolverhampton in 1972.