John was originally born in Kidderminster in 1882. He married Kate Stead in Wolverhampton in 1904, and they had at least three children, including Constance Muriel. By 1911 they were boarding at the house of Annie Susan Hughes at 24 Temple Street, Wolverhampton. John was a groom for a livery stables, and, according to an Express & Star article dated 15 September 1915, he spent a period working for Sir Alfred Hickman. He later worked as a carter for Messrs. Phillips and Jones, Wolverhampton, and Messrs. Price, butter merchants, Bilston.
John became a Sergeant in the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 13549). His name was listed in the Express & Star on 4 September 1914 among those who were keen to sign up to the army. He first served in France on 14 July 1915, but was killed in action on 25 August 1915 at St Eloi. By this date his wife’s address was Price’s Yard, 3 Walsall Street, Bilston. He is remembered at the Voormezeele Enclosure No.3 in Belgium, as well as on the Bilston Town Hall Ward Roll of Honour. He was also featured in the Midland Counties Express on 18 September 1915.