John Lawson Shearer was born on the 2nd August 1899 at 26 Carolina Street, Bootle, the son of Alexander Shearer and his second wife Louisa Margaret (nee Woolley).
 
His parents were both natives of Liverpool and were married at St.Mary's C.of E. Church, Walton on the 25th September 1892.
 
John was one of nine children, four of whom had died by 1911. His siblings were; George Plaskett (1894-98), Florence Lawson (1896-97), Alexander (b 1897), Alexandra Louisa (b&d 1902), Elizabeth Helen Kathleen (b 1903), Edna Olive (b 1906), Clarice Eileen (1908-11) and Louisa Shearer (b 1909).
 
His father's first wife was Margaret Smitton whom he married at St.Helen's C.of E. Church, Sefton on the 8th June 1882. Four daughters were born to his first marriage; Margaret Eveline (b 1883), Ethel May (b 1885), Georgina Gertrude (b 1886) and Frances (b 1891). Margaret Shearer (nee Smitton) died at Bootle in May 1891 and was buried at St.Helen's C.of E. Churchyard, Sefton.
 
1901 Census - 13 Garden Lane, Bootle Cum Linacre - Parents Alexander A Shearer and Louisa M, and children Margaret E, Ethel M, Frances, Alexander, John L . Shearer and brother James Shearer.  
 
1911 Census - 73 Park Street, Bootle - Parents Alex and Louisa Margaret (Married 19 years) and children Ethel May, Georgina Gertrude, Frances, Alexander, John Lawson, Elizabeth Helen Kathleen, Edna Olive and Louisa
 
John Lawson Shearer's service records have not survived. His medal card shows he enlisted in the army on the 23rd August 1914 and was discharged from the Army Pay Corps through ill health on the 15th April 1919. He was awarded a Silver War Badge which he could wear to indicate that he was a discharged serviceman. The Silver War Badge records that he had served overseas but no further details are given.
 
He died on the 24th February 1921 at 24 Watts Lane, Orrell. Although his death was as the result of an his war service he is not commemorated by the commonwealth war graves commission.
 
At the Remembrance Service held when the Stanley Road Baptist Church Memorial was unveiled in September 1921 the following was noted by the Bootle Times, "In his address, the Rev. A.K. Kellam intimated than an addition should have been made to the memorial, that being Mr. Jack Shearer, whose recent death had been the result of a serious illness contracted whilst serving with the army in France."