I've seen your query on my behalf on australian Genforum. Thanks very much for that. I hadn't thought about trying other countries although it would be ironic if he had gone to Australia as we have been here since 1950.
John's date of birth was August 12th, 1903.He was the second of 5 Children. My Mother Catherine was the youngest and lives in Australia and her older sister annie is also still alive in England.
John ran away from home at age 16 and was caught at the docks trying to get work on a ship to USA.He later went AWOL from Britiish Army and again was caught trying to get to USA. He married in 1924 to Bertha Flockton and they had a son John but the marriage wasn't a happy one so when he disappeared everyone assumed he had fled to USA.A postcard a few years later said he was working at the Panama Canal.
His Mother tried to find him at the time without any success. She died in 1955.
I was hoping that maybe he had started a new life in USA and maybe had another family.