John Henry Boyes was born in Everton, Lancashire, England on 18 December 1875. He was bpatised in St Timothy's Church, Everton on 13 February 1876. John was the son of Stephen Boyes (1843-1896) and Mary Ann Searle (1842-?). His father was Scottish by birth and his mother originally from Devon and they married in Liverpool on 16 March 1866.
John had five known siblings: Annie Jane (b. 1869), Elizabeth (b. 1871), Stephen (b. 1873) and Ellen Barbara (b. 1878).
On the 1881 census John and his family are living at 14 Lloyd Street, Everton and his father was described as a Police Detective Inspector. They are apparently absent from the 1891 census of England and Wales and of Scotland. His father passed away in 1896 and by the time of the 1901 census John, his widowed mother and two siblings were living at 96 Aubrey Street in Everton. Still unmarried at this time, he was described as a ship's steward.
John was married in 1908 in Southampton to Clara Emmeline Betteridge (b. 1874 in Brixton, London, daughter of Leonard and Harriet Betteridge) but would have no children.
On the 1911 census John and his wife were living at 106 Clovelly Road, Southampton and he was described as a ship's steward for the White Star Line.
John initially signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast for her delivery trip to Southampton. When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 106 Clovelly Road, (Southampton). As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His last ship had been the Olympic.
Boyes died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. The following death notice appeared in the Southern Daily Echo (28 April 1912):
BOYES--APRIL 15th, at sea, on the s.s. Titanic, John Henry (Harry), aged 36, the dearly loved husband of Clara Boyes, 106 Clovelly Road, Southampton. Liverpool papers please copy.
Clara Boyes never remarried and remained in Southampton for the rest of her life. Her last address was 168 Millbrook Road and she died at the Borough Hospital, Southampton on 13 July 1937.
Boyes, John Henry (Harry), aged 36, husband of Clara Boyes of 106 Clovelly Road, S-n.
John is remembered on his parent's headstone in Everton Cemetery, Liverpool, England (General section 6, grave 445).