John was born in Wolverhampton in 1896, the son of Edwin or Edward Sidebotham. In 1901, he was living with his widowed father at 6 Graisley Passage, Wolverhampton, along with brothers Edwin and William. By 1911, he was living with his cousin, Walter E. Jordan, in Newport, Monmouthshire. He was an ironworker for a sheet mill. At some point, he returned to the area and worked for the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd.
John enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9178), serving from 26 May 1915. He later transferred to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (number 73058). John survived the war
I have not been able to confirm further details of his life, other than the fact that he died in Stafford in 1978. He is remembered as a local man who served and survived on both the roll of honour for the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd and the memorial for Penn Road Wesleyan Chapel.