I did manage to meet up with John a couple of times.
During WW2 in 1942 my father worked for the railways and was transferred from the bush to Bellvue. While Dad was trying to organise accommodation for the family, my mother Rose, my brother and I stayed with her mother at her place on Walter Road, Morley Park.
John was also living there with Nanna. I was a 6 year old kid at the time and John was in his teens. He was working at a factory as a tent maker. When he came home from work, I would always ask him as to how many tents he had made that day. We used to go fo walks around the neighbourhood and once walked all the way to Bayswater rail station. I also recall his brother Michael visiting.
Just before she died, I once went to see Aunty Una at her house in 7th Avenue, Mt Lawley. The front door was open so I knocked and was told to come in. She was sitting at the table in her kitchen talking to some fellow I didn't recognise. He looked up at me and said "It's been a long time since I saw you." "Never seen you before mate." I said. "Oh yeah, we were both at Nanna's place during the war. I'm John Finnegan!"