Regimental Number: 80259
Branch: 31st Battalion
John was born in Nitshill, Scotland on April 20, 1887. He came to Canada in 1909 and made his way across the country to Calgary. In April of 1915, John enlisted in the Canadian army. He received gunshot wounds to his right leg on December 16, 1915 at Kemmel. In October 1916, John received a severe gunshot wound to his scalp at Courcelette. Then in 1917, while convalescing, he fractured his right leg in an accident. John was granted permission to marry in July of 1918 and married Nancy Robin in England. They returned to Canada after the war and in 1919 they filed on homesteads at E1/2 36-78-21-W5 and SW 5-79-20-W5. Nancy died in childbirth in 1930, leaving John with eight children. He later remarried to Mary Taylor and had four more children. John died on June 7, 1960.
Sources: By the Peavine in the Smoky of the Peace p. 415