John was born in Hazel Grove in 1889 and, in due course, completed his apprenticeship as a joiner. When he originally enlisted into the army, probably in early 1916, he was assigned to a horse transport company of the Army Service Corps and was given the service number T/313685. However, he never served abroad with the Corps but was transferred to the North Staffordshires, probably when he had finished his army training.
The 2nd Battalion was part of the pre-War regular army and had been on Empire garrison duties, stationed in Rawalpindi in India, when War was declared in August 1914. It remained there for the duration and John will have joined it, probably towards the end of 1916. Before he went overseas, he married his fiancée, Mary Arden, at St Mary’s Church, Stockport and they are though to have set up home at 51 School Street, Cheadle Heath.
In the spring of 1919, John and his comrades were in North West India, guarding the frontier. The Afghan Army invaded through the Kyber Pass and the Staffordshires, and others, were sent forward to engage it. They had a successful fight on 11 May but, on 22 June, a picket guard was suddenly attacked and four men, including John died.