John Henshaw Britton was born in 1904. He attended Bristol Grammar School and then, as the family boot- and shoe-making company G B Britton & Sons became increasingly more profitable, Clifton College. He was very musical and played the organ at Kingswood Methodist Church from a young age. He wanted to read music at Oxford but his father said he couldn’t as he wanted him in the family business. So he read Greats (Classics) instead, went into the business and made a great success of it, making the money which is now in the Trust.
He married Monica who was in the Foreign Office and was the first woman diplomat posted abroad – to Washington. She became a great support to Jack and very active in all his charitable initiatives. The J & M Britton Trust was set up by Jack and Monica in the 1960s.