The son of Jack Firebrace and Margaret Firebrace. John is of “frail mind and body,” and he dies of diphtheria while Jack is away at war. In 1978, Elizabeth Benson names her own son John to honor the promise her grandfather made to Jack; as Jack dies in the trenches, Stephen promises to have children on his behalf.
John Character Timeline in Birdsong
The timeline below shows where the character John appears in Birdsong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two: France 1916
Part Four: France 1917
Part Six: France 1918
Part Seven: England 1979