John was born on January 5 1916 as the son of Daniel William and Flora (deceased in 1922) Patrick in the farming community of Indian Head, Saskatchewan.
He en l i s t e d v o l u n t a r i l y a t Calgary on 19 Oct 42. He completed basic t r a i n i n g a t 131 CABTC Camrose, Alberta, and completed his infantry t r a i n i n g a t A.16 CITC during January 1943. On 22 May 43 he arrived i n the UK, and joined 1 C SCOT R on 18 Jun 43, a t Monk’s Common Camp, near Horsham, Sussex. He landed i n Normandy in ‘D’ Coy on 6 Jun 44 during D-Day, and was wounded in the
c r i t i c a l counter a t t a c k at Putot en Bessin, 8-9 Jun 44, and had t o be evacuated t o a h o s p i t a l in England. He came back t o t h e unit on 10 Jul 44 a t Caen, and rejoined ‘D’ Coy t o continue the advance across NW Europe.
John was killed in action on Saturday April 21 1945 age 29 during the first attack of the l i b e r a t i o n of Wagenborgen. He was temporarily buried in Siddeburen and on February 15 1946 reburied in Holten.
His medals were: 1939-45 Star, France Germany Star, War Medal 1945; Defense Medal, CVSM & Clasp.
His name is at the monument in Wagenborgen.