John Arnott was born in Partick, the son of Archibald and Catherine Arnott. His father, Archibald, a native of Gargunnock, worked on the railways. When John was young the family moved back to Gargunnock, his younger sister, Catherine, was born here. The family moved to Canada and John served in the Canadian Seaforths. Hw was killed in 1916 aged 19.