John Albert Perkin Bradshaw was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England in 1869 and his birth was registered in Farnham, Surrey in the second quarter of that year. He was the son of John Albert Buckley Bradshaw (b. 1844) and Mary Ann Holton (b. 1844) who had married in Pembrokeshire, Wales the year before his birth on 6 June 1868.
When he appears on the 1881 census he is listed as a boarder at 19 Sandy Hill, Woolwich, London, the home of a Mr and Mrs John Simpson. The whereabouts of his parents is unknown. He later went to sea and served in the Royal Navy. He was listed on the 1901 census as a private aboard the Trafalgar, then docked at Weymouth, and he was described as single.
He was married around 1908 to Florence Janet North (b. 1873), a native of Hayling Island, Hampshire, but their marriage was not officially recorded. The couple would have no children and when they appeared on the 1911 census they were listed as visitors at 45 Clarendon Road, Shirley, Southampton and John was described as a naval pensioner.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, John gave his address as 2 Portland Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic and as a plates steward he could expect to receive monthly wages of £3, 15s.
John Bradshaw died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.