Richard Bedford Lister and Matilda Oldham married at St Thomas' Church in the closing months of 1885. John was born in 1889 and is thought to have been their first son. His brother Richard was born two years later.
Jack (as he was always known) played cricket in the summer months and was a good all-rounder, but he excelled at lacrosse. From 1911, he was regularly picked for Stockport's team and played as "second home". He was a prolific goal scorer and had also represented Cheshire and the North of England. Richard Lister was Stockport's goalkeeper. Away from the sports field, Jack was a member of the town's Amateur Operatic Society.
He worked for Kelle & Co and is presumed to have been a salesman for the company as he was an active member of the United Kingdom Commercial Travellers Association. He is reported to have taken a "prominent part in many of the charitable efforts of the Association". The only internet reference to Kelle & Co is as a modern manufacturer of liqueurs although it is not known if this would have been the same company.
As with many local lacrosse players, Jack and Richard both joined up within days of War being declared in August 1914. Within a month, John was aboard a ship bound for Egypt and some details of his time there can be found on this page. It is not known if Richard joined the same Battalion but he would be wounded in 1915 and was evacuated back to England where he spent time at 2nd Western General Hospital on Whitworth Street, Manchester.
At the beginning of May 1915, Jack left Egypt and went into action at Gallipoli. An account of the fighting which cost him his life can be found here. After the battle, he was posted as missing and, for many months, his family hoped that he had been taken prisoner but he was never heard of again.