John Frederick Haddock, better known as Jack, was born on 17th September 1927 in Hospital Street, Walsall. He moved to Webster Road in 1928, where he has lived for over seventy years. Jack has been a railway enthusiast from childhood but did not start to photograph locomotives until he discovered that steam traction was due to be phased out. He started to keep a photographic record of steam locomotives in 1954, when the locomotive 'Patriot' (No. 45500) came on the turntable at Ryecroft Motive Power Depot. Jack realised that Walsall's infrastructure was changing and he extended his photographic work to include trams, trolley buses, canal boats and motor vehicles in and around the town. Jack has continued his mission to keep a photographic record of Walsall's recent history and has a collection of between 15,000 and 20,000 images, a large portion of which are stored at Walsall Local History Centre. Jack is one of Walsallrquote s major photograph benefactors.