Born: 26 August 1898.
Family: He was the second of three children born to James Barnett, a draper`s assistant, and his wife, Ann (nee Littler). On the Admissions Register for Whitchurch Grammar School in 1912, John`s father was said to be employed in a sawmill in Ontario, Canada. In 1936 John married Hilda Webster in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They do not appear to have had any children.
Education: Admission Records for Whitchurch Grammar School showed John entering on 20 October 1911 and leaving less than a year later on 3 April 1912. By that date he would have been 14. Occupation on leaving was given as “farming in Canada“ As yet no evidence can be found that he actually did go to Canada.
Residence: The address for John on the 1901 Census was 39 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire but by 1911 the family were living at 17 Smallbrook Road, Whitchurch. However on the Absent Voters List for Spring 1919, his address was given as 13 Smallbrook Road. By 1939 he and his wife were living at 13 Rydal Avenue, Whitchurch.
Employment: According to the 1939 Register John was working as an auxiliary postman (fitter motor mechanic)
Died: In 1963 in Whitchurch, Shropshire, aged 64.
Military details not known