Cahoon, John

Regimental Number: 187236
Rank: Private
Branch: 90th Overseas Battalion; 8th Battalion

John was born in County Antrim on March 11, 1879. In August 1917, in Lens, France, John was gassed as he was going over the top before he was able to put on his mask. The next day he was buried alive by a shell explosion, but sustained only a minor concussion. He was discharged in June 1918 because of bronchitis (caused by the gassing). John and his wife Mary Ann settled in Dimsdale in 1919, on SE 36-70-8-W6. The couple had three sons and two daughters. John died suddenly of heart failure on August 2, 1946 and was buried in Grande Prairie.

Sources: Along the Wapiti, p. 411