According to his attestation papers dated August 18, 1915 at Toronto, John Flowers was born on June 30, 1876 in Northhamptonshire, England. He listed his wife Lydia Hanna Flowers, Manchester Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a boot repairer and was an active member of the 9 M.H. (Mississauga Horse?). He was 39 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 1/2 inches tall. He had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He had marks on his abdomen and left wrist. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a driver living on the east side of Elizabeth Street.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living on the south side of Mimico Avenue.