Ian was born on November 19 1909 in Port Alberni British Columbia as the son of James Russell Motion (Scottish) and Hanna Gordon Motion and both deceased , of Port Alberni. They were married on August 16 1899 in Regina Saskatchewan. He was married on September 2 1931 in Port Alberni with Florence Phyllis Motion, of Port Alberni and their daughter was Mona Ann Motion. His brother was Gordon Motion.
He was manager of a roller rink and member of the United Church. He played baseball and basketball in school teams. He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, swimming, shows, music and read history and detectives.
He enlisted on November 25 1943 in Vancouver and he went on October 20 1944 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on November 18 to NW Europe.
Ian was killed in action on Sunday February 18 1945 age 35 in the C Coy at the Moyland Wood during the battle of the Rhineland. And he was temporarily buried in Bedburg Hau Germany and he was then on September 13 1945 reburied in Groesbeek.
At his headstone: IN THE MORNING, IN THE EVENING, REMEMBERING
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.