John Joseph Dobbyn was born on the 20th July 1878 and was baptised on the 28th July at St.Oswald’s R.C. Church, Old Swan.
 
His parents' names were spelt were given as Jeffrey Dobbyn and Elizabeth Magee in the baptismal register but are shown as Geoffrey Dobbyn and Elizabeth McGee on their daughter Ann’s baptism in 1883 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church
 
His parents were married at St.Patrick's R.C. Church, Toxteth Park in 1870.
 
1891 Census – 186 Marsh Lane, Bootle - Mother Eliza (Married) with children Kate, Mary, Arthur, John J, Elizabeth and Annie (Mother born Ireland and children in Liverpool)  
 
1901 Census - 186 Marsh Lane, Bootle - Mother Eliza and children John J and Ann
 
1911 Census – 186 Marsh Lane, Bootle - Mother Eliza (Widow ) with children Mary, John Joseph and Ann (Mother married 40 years with 9 children born and 5 alive) John Joseph was assisting in Mother’s business – Tallow Chandler)
 
John Joseph Dobbyn married Annie Judge at St.Anne’s R.C. Church, Ormskirk on the 3rd May 1914. They had a son Jeffrey Dobbyn in 1915.
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 19th July 1918. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
MILITARY MEDALLIST KILLED.  
AN OLD BOY OF ST JAMES’ SCHOOL, BOOTLE.  
   Intimation has just been received of the death in France of Private John Dobbyn, M.M., of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was the son of the late Mr Geoffrey and Mrs Eliza Dobbyn, of Marsh-lane and was 36 years of age, and has left a wife and child, who reside in Aintree. Educated at St James’ School, he afterwards started a greengrocery business in Marsh Lane.
   In 1915 Pte Dobbyn voluntarily joined the "Pals," and after 18 months' training was sent out to France, where he was transferred to the Loyal North Lancashires. He experienced a good deal of rough work, and was granted leave in January this year. A short time later, having gained the Military Medal for gallant conduct in the field, he was permitted a further leave. He was reported to have been killed on May 29th. Some time ago he was bruised by a shell, and had to undergo hospital treatment. Private Dobbyn was well-known in Bootle, and deep sympathy has been expressed for his wife and relatives.  

Bootle Times 19th July 1918

 
John Joseph is remembered on the family grave (F 208) at Ford R.C. Cemetery
 
 
Pray for the Soul of
 
ELIZA DOBBYN,
WHO DIED JUNE 14TH, 1912, AGED 70 YEARS.
 
ALSO
ELIZABETH,
DAUGHTER OF HE ABOVE,
WHO DIED JULY 22ND, 1898, AGED 13 YEARS.
 
R.I.P.
 
ANNIE AND GEOFFREY,
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE.
 
ALSO JOHN DOBBYN,
SON OF THE ABOVE,
KILLED AT ETAPLES 1918, AGED 40 YEARS.
 
ALSO FREDERICK REVELL
DIED AT SEA 1923, AGED 50 YEARS.