Pte John William Wilson 8-E-7

John was born on April 9 1908 in Nanaimo BC, the son of Fred and Jean Wilson, of Nanaimo. He was married with Myrtle Edna Wilson, of Nanaimo. He worked as a coalminer there and was member of the United Church.

In Jul 1940 he enrolled in the 3rd (Res) Bn of The Canadian Scottish a t Nanaimo, and attended annual camp training in Sep 40 and Jul 41, On 1 Jan 42 he volunteered for active duty and was assigned to work a t OTC(WC) u n t i l 26 Aug 43, when he was sent to 121 CABTC Maple Creek, Sask, for advanced t r a i n i n g before going overseas. He arrived in the UK on 19 Sep 43 a t 1 CASCRU (Service Corps)

and on 20 Mar 44 became a vehicle waterproofing inspector a t N0~35 Canadian Army Trades Training Centre, On 20 Oct 44 he transferred t o t h e i n f a n t r y corps and b r i e f l y served in Rocky Mountain Rangers u n t i l sent in a reinforcement d r a f t t o NW Europe on 04 Feb 45, He joined 1 C SCOT R on 29 Mar as a member of ‘D’ Coy,

He was first missed during the first attack on April 21 1945 of the liberation of Wagenborgen but later appeared that he became a POW, and he was serious wounded transported by boat over the Dollard to Emden Germany.

John died of these wounds on Monday April 23 age 37 in a hospital there. He was temporarily buried in Emden en on March 12 1946 reburied in Holten.


H i s medals were:1939-45 Star; France-Germany Star; War Medal; Defence Medal; CVSM & Clasp.

His name is mentioned at the monument in Wagenborgen.