The brother of George Augustus, John was born in Willenhall on 17 February 1892, and was christened on 29 March 1892. By 1911, he was a financiers clerk for a money lender.
John served with the Royal Flying Corps (number 6591), later the Royal Air Force, during the First World War. However, unlike his brother, he survived the war. He married Dorothy M. G. Hepworth in Wolverhampton in 1923. The couple had a son, Adrian, born in Wolverhampton in 1925. John died in St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales in 1973 at the age of 81.