Born in December 1894, John was the sixth of eight children to Frederick and Ada Brunyee of 86 Jefferson Street, Goole. A Shipping Clerk by trade, he travelled to Hull to enlist on 3rd September 1914 joining the 10th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Commercials’, 1st Hull Pals.
After serving in Egypt over the winter of 1915-16, the Pals left Port Said bound for Marseilles on 29th February then took the train north, bound for the trenches of the Western Front. John was killed by shell fire opposite the ruins of the French village of Serre on 28th June 1916, and is buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery. He was 21 years old.