John was born on February 12 1924 in Sunnybrook Alberta as the son of Charles (Irish) and Cedia (French) McCloskey, of Nanton, Alberta. His sister was Mrs. Margaret Boulton.
His profession was a farmer and he was member of the Roman Catholic Church.
He enlisted on October 30 1942 in Calgary and he went overseas to the UK on June 24 1943 and he went thereafter to France on June 6 1944 for the D-Day landing.
John was killed in action on Friday June 9 age 20 in the A Coy near Putot en Bessin and he was temporarily buried in Cully and on June 18 1945 reburied in Bretteville S/Laize.
At his headstone: AND SO TO YOU WE THROW THE TORCH; BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH
And his medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.
His name is at the monument in Putot en Bessin.