Born in 1885 in Headington Registration District, son of James Hinton, agricultural labourer and later manager of a coal wharf, from Thomley Hall by Worminghall, Oxon., and Ann from Waterperry. The family lived on Westfield Road, Wheatley throughout the period from 1891 to 1911. John was attending Wheatley Elementary school in 1894, as well as the Night School after the war, in 1919. He progressed from being a carpenter's apprentice in 1901 to joiner carpenter ten years later. He married Margaret Amy Jones of Littleworth. He died in 1967 in the Oxford Registration District.
He lived at 9 Westfield Road.