We know hardly anything about John. He was reputedly of Irish descent and was born around 1885/6. Florence had only hazy memories of him. The strongest one seems to have been playing outside and running to meet him on Friday nights (pay-day), when he used to bring home her mother’s favourite treat wrapped in newspaper – pigs trotters.
At that time the family were living at 38 VORLEY ROAD, near the Archway in London.
John worked in the printing industry, he is variously described as a printer’s labourer and a compositor on different documents. He died in Lambeth hospital and since this is just over the bridge from Fleet Street it seems probable he was taken ill at work.