John Jones was born on 11 July 1891 and his father was Thomas Jones, a miner. Details of John's early life and war service have not been traced, but it is believed that he was the 'J. Jones' commemorated on the plaque in the village hall.
John married Gertrude Emily Brown at St Mary's on 24 May 1920. The couple made their home in Vicarage Lane (in present-day Fern Cottage) and John also started work at Cadbury's around this time where he was a boiler stoker. During his shift on the evening of Saturday 30 November 1940, John Jones left his station but was not immediately missed by his fellow workers. When they did start to search they found him drowned in the canal. His colleagues could shed no light on the circumstances for he had no reason to be at the edge of the canal, and his widow reported to the inquest at the Bell Hotel that he had been in good health and spirits apart from being concerned about his eyesight. He was buried the following day in St Mary's churchyard. In later years, Gertrude moved to Sunnyside, on the village green.