John was born in Kings Langley on 20th June 1907 and was one of 8 children born to George Debenham and May Bird. His father work at the John Dickinson’s paper mill as a paper stainer.
John married Grace Eleanor Evans in Berkhamsted in Q3 1935. She was from Park Street, Berkhamsted, her old brother Ernest is buried in Rectory Lane in 1921 with full military honours.
John worked for a grocer, driving their horse drawn van. The young couple lived at 14 Cross Oak Road. They do not appear to have had any children. He died at the Hertfordshire County Sanatorium Ware Park, Herts on 3rd January 1945. The sanitorium was specifically for TB patients. When he died, John was a Private in the 7th Hertfordshire Battalion of the Home Guard.
He left behind his wife who had the words “BEYOND THE SEA OF DEATH LOVE LIVES YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOR EVER” added to his Commonwealth War Graves Headstone.