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John R Greenough 85953 Driver 24th Battery; 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery September 10, 1896 Yarmouth, NS December 19, 1914 Fredericton, NB Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS 20 5 feet, 6½ inches unknown auburn grey Single Baker Baptist Viola Greenough (Mother) Yarmouth NS Theresa Ethel Greenough (Sister) Yarmouth, NS (Mrs. Harry McGuire) August 10, 1918 22 Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France XIX. BB. I. Commemorated on Page 419 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 8 John Greebough was the son of David Theodore Greenough (1866-1895) and Viola (Nickerson) Greenough (1874-1915). He had one sister, Theresa. John Greenough enlisted at Fredericton, NB with the 24th Battery, 6th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on December 19, 1914. On attestation he listed his mother, Viola Greenough as next of kin; however, she died on September 26, 1915. His father had died previous to his enlistment. In 1915, John was serving in England, having sailed for England on February 23, 1915. At the death of his mother, he listed his next of kin as his sister, Theresa. Theresa married Harry Lee McGuire on May 2, 1917 in Fredericton, NB. She was his only sibling. John embarked for France on January 18, 1916 to serve with the 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. He was granted leave between August 13 and August 22, 1917. On the morning of August 10, 1918 when with others in the forward lines, an enemy aeroplane with a British insignia on the wings flew over them and dropped a bomb. Driver Greenough was wounded in the abdomen by fragments of the bomb. He was evacuated to No. 48 Casualty Clearing Station where he died of his wounds. He was initially buried in the Hospital Military Cemetery at Dury, France, three-quarters of a mile south of Amiens France.
John R. Greenough
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Sources: Library and Archives Canada Canadian Virtual War Memorial “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 197) photo: courtesy Tim Nickerson