John Leadbetter was a prominent early Socialist in Salford and lived to the ripe old age of 81 years old.
John was born in Liverpool in 1861 and came to Salford in 1894, the year the Manchester Ship Canal was opened, to become employed by that company. He later joined Salford Council Electricity Department, where he worked until 1926, when he retired. He was a prominent member of the South Salford Labour Party and the South Salford Socialist Society and a devoted Trade Unionist. He was known to the Socialist and Labour movement as "Old Jack", a man of the people and one of its greatest fighters.
John died at his daughter Lillian's house, 16, Cotton Street, Salford 3, on 11th March 1942. He was buried at Weaste Cemetery on 14th March, where Alderman E.A.Hardy, Chairman of the South Salford Labour Party delivered a panegyric at the graveside.