John lived in Manchester. He entered the war in France on the 21st August 1914. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as senior NCO bearer since the commencement of the campaign. His great courage and powers of leadership and his brilliant work have been of the very greatest value throughout." John also served with the 20th Field Ambulance. He continued to serve after the war under the service number 7246754.