John Gregg Speers was the son of John Reid Speers of 30 Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, and the late Amy Speers (nee Halsall).
He was born at Liverpool in 1884. His father, a corn and flour merchant, was born in India and his mother at Liverpool. They were married in the West Derby Regisration District in 1880.
He had brothers, Halsall (b 1881) and Archibald (b 1894) and a sister Kathleen (b 1883).
By 1891 the Speers family had moved to Formby where they were making their home at Gladstone House, Liverpool Road. They had moved to 2 Wicks Lane, Formby by 1901. John Gregg Speers was an apprentice in the timber trade in 1901.
His service records have survived. They show he was a salesman and was living at 51 Coltart Road, Toxteth Park when he enlisted in the 10th (Scottish) Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment at Liverpool on the 15th September 1914. He had previously served for six years with a territorial battalion of the K.L.R.
He was 30 years and 180 days old,  5ft 10 inches tall and weighed 12 stone 5lbs.
John was posted to the Western Front on the 12th February 1915. On the 16th March 1915 he injured his left knee which later turned septic, which put him out of action for a full month. He was appointed Lance Corporal on the 1st April 1915. He was killed in action at Hooge on the 16th June 1915.
He gave his next of kin as his father of Atlantic Newsrooms, Liverpool.
John's service records include a letter from his father dated September 1919  in which he gives his address as 30 Elizabeth Street, Liverpool. In May 1919 his father filled in John's next of kin form giving his own contact details as c/o Messrs Reid of Glasgow at India Buildings, Liverpool and the address of his wife and sons as c/o Port Office, Namao near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
His brother, Archibald, had lost a leg in action. His sister, Kathleen, was the widow of Thomas Stuart Hay and after her husband was killed in action on the 29th June 1917 she had been serveing as a Nursing Sister in France with the Canadian Forces.
John's personal effects were to be sent to his mother's attorney, William Ellis Hughes a mercantile clerk, c/o Messrs Barrell & Co., 14 Harrington Street, Liverpool. Mr Hughes also obtained probate of John's estate at Liverpool on the 4th February 1916. His effects were valued at 483 18s 4d (42,000 at current values.) He also signed for John's war medals.
His mother died at Namao, Canada in 1922 and was buried at Namao Cemetery (findagrave).