Mitchell, John Alexander “Jack”

Regimental Number: 1261967
Rank: Gunner
Branch: No. 9 Siege Battery, Canadian Field Artillery

Jack was born in Armstrong Corner, New Brunswick on April 6, 1896. He enlisted in the Canadian army in St. John in January of 1916. Jack received gunshot wounds to his back, face, and legs on November 19, 1917 at Passchendaele. He was dangerously ill for about a month before he began to improve and still had limited movement in his legs when he was invalided to Canada in June of 1918. Jack filed on homesteads at 26-71-1-W6 and 35-71-1-W6 in 1919. On April 8, 1925, Jack married Hilda Moon of Bezanson. The couple had five children. In 1941, Jack joined the Veteran’s Guard and served at the Sarcee Base in southern Alberta until 1943. Hilda died in 1960, and in 1965 Jack moved back to New Brunswick and married Mrs. Beatrice Clarke.

Sources: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 37; Across the Smoky p. 39