John was born on 28th January 1892 in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire to parents William and Agnes, followed by his baptism on 23rd March 1892 at St Chad with Christ Church in Everton, Lancashire.
He was born at 25 Paley Street, Everton, and had an older brother William - both boys sadly lost their mother in December 1898, when she was just 26. On the 1901 census John, his brother and father bordered with the local Police Constable at number 9 Sessions Road, Kirkdale. John was aged 9 and his older brother 15, who worked as a shop boy.
John joined the RNVR on 20th June 1910, noted as 5’7” tall with brown hair and grey eyes. A year later on the 1911 census he was recorded at his brother's residence, living with his family and widowed father, still in Kirkdale. He was 19 and worked as an Electrician for the Corporation Tramway Reserve. Upon the outbreak of war he was recalled to RNVR Mersey on 2nd August 1914 and deployed to HMS BRITANNIA on 15th August 1914 until 28th September. He transferred to HMS BLANCHE on 29th September 1914 until 12th November 1916, but had some time on leave to marry Jeannetta Margaret Elliott at St Saviour Church, Everton on 16th May 1915, aged 24.
His final posting was to HMS VANGUARD which he joined on 13th November and remained until her explosion.
His wife, living at their home at 8 St Albans, Whitefield Road, Everton, was informed of his death, receiving his pension, Star, Victory and British war medals.
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Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919 Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Liverpool Church of England Parish Registers; Reference Number: 283 CHA/2/1
1901 & 1911 England Census
Liverpool, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935 Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283 SVR/3/4
UK, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records Index, 1903-1922
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths
Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/7; Scan Number: 0121
WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 010/0029/ASM-ATH
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 007 (1914 - 1919)
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 125