|His mother was
not well at the time of his birth. The whet nurse, a Mrs Poole, reported
to the big house at feeding time and was well treated and well fed by the family. She always spoke of John as being
He was educated at Harrow (1892-1894).
Aged sixteen, he sailed to New Zealand as an ordinary seaman.
Anne (wife of Humphrey b.1918) has photo of John loading wool in Melbourne in 1894 on sailing ship Harbinger.
He became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Engineers (Sportsman's Battalion?)
John and Mildred lived at Thurleston, Ipswich, Suffolk and at King's Somborne, Stockbridge, Kent.