Born: 9th December 1922, Preston, Lancashire.
Died: 3rd July 1944; age 21; of Tuberculous Meningitis and Hypostatic Pneumonia at Ipswich Borough General Hospital. His father, William was at his bedside.
Residence: West View, Moss Lane, New Longton, Lancashire.
Occupation: Laboratory Assistant.
Served with the R.A.F. from 1942.
Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: 1674843.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & May Sharples, of New Longton, Lancashire.
Father: William Sharples, born 1899, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire. A Plummer.
Mother: May Ethel Sharples (nee Billings), born May 1900, Hackney, London.
John attended Preston Grammar School – entered 19th September 1934 – left 27th July 1939. http://www.militaryrecords.pgsassociation.org.uk/2s.html