Smart, John Mackay “Jack”

Regimental Number: 904763
Rank: Acting Corporal
Branch: Canadian Machine Gun Corps

Jack was born in New London, Prince Edward Island on April 15, 1880. He came to Grande Prairie over the Edson Trail around 1911. In March 1916, Jack filed on NW 15-72-3-W6; a matter of days later he enlisted in the Canadian Army. At the time he was manager of the Empire Hotel in Grande Prairie. While fighting at Passchendaele in November of 1917, Jack received gunshot wounds to his left buttock. He met and married Annie Soars while overseas; they returned to live in Grande Prairie after the war. In 1943, Jack served as Grande Prairie’s mayor. Jack died in 1960.

Sources: Grande Prairie Capitol of the Peace p. 34, 143