Born: 26 August 1896. Baptised on 11 October 1896
Family: Fifth of eight children born to Joseph and Hannah. John married Margaret Faulkner in 1938 at Crewe, Cheshire and together had a daughter, Margaret. Brother to Philip Capper.
Residence: Baptised at Tilstock church. In 1901 the family were living at Tilstock Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1911 they had moved to Belton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire and at the time of enlistment his address was 22 Belton Road. Army documents dating from 1918 list his father’s address as Cliff Bank, Carden, Malpas, Cheshire. In 1939 John and Margaret were living at 9 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Twenty-two years later his address was still the same.
Employment: At the time of enlistment he was working as a groom. In 1939 he was employed at the local ironworks as a charge-hand.
Died: Aged 64 and buried in Whitchurch cemetery on 30 March 1961
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry)
Service Number: 62391 (previously 2863)
Date of Enlistment: 15th Jan 1915 (10th Nov 1914)
Date of Discharge: 14th June 1919 (15th Jan 1915)
Reason for Discharge: Physically unfit for service (Enlistment in regular army)
Other Information: Physically unfit due to severe gunshot wound right leg sustained 11th October 1918.