John was born on 29th March 1884 in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1912 he married Mary Falconer Bathgate in Melrose, Scotland.
In 1913 the family is recorded as living in West Haddon, their son Robert William was baptised here. John was working as a groom at this time.
From John’s army record we know that he was living at Fox Hill, West Haddon in 1915 and he was in the Royal Engineers as a Driver.
His wife Mary died in 1966 in Newcastle upon Tyne, leaving her estate to John, a retired groom. John died in 1975 aged 91, in Newcastle upon Tyne.
(Rosie Skudder, January 2016)