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Name: John Alexander Ross Rank: Lieutenant Service: Pictou Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: February 7, 1920 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: December 8, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Address At Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Weight: 160 lbs Complexion: Light Eyes: Brown Hair: Blonde Previous Military: F 600377 NRMA [National Resources Mobilization Act] June 1941 - December 1942; 4 years of Cadets while attending school Trade: Loom-fixer [Cosmos Imperial Mill] Marital Status: Married Religion: United Church of Canada Next of Kin: Mrs. Evelyn Ross [Wife] Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: November 1, 1944 Age at Death: 25 Cemetery: Arcadia Cemetery (Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia, Canada) The 100th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 432 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 19 John Alexander was the son of Roy W. Ross and Evelyn L. Ross, of Yarmouth and husband of Evelyn W. Ross, of Yarmouth. Lieutenant Ross served in Canada Between December 12, 1942 and November 1, 1944. He completed his basic training at CABTC #60 Yarmouth and was granted six months leave of absence for continued employment with Cosmos Imperial Mills, as the Company was unable to obtain a qualified substitute. He was required as an instructor as well as a craftsman. As a loom-fixer, employed for three years previous his special aptitude and skill were deemed essential. The leave was between March 1, and September 1, 1942. He served at CABTC #60 as Acting Sergeant until February, 19, 1943 when he was transferred to Officer Training at Brookville, Ontario. He was appointed Lieutenant (Infantry) on May 15, 1943 and joined the Pictou Highlanders on October 11, 1943. On November 1, 1944 while training at Vernon, BC, Lieutenant Ross was killed when a grenade exploded in the front of a carrier. The accident and his death were attributable to normal hazard of training and all reasonable safety precautions had been taken. The pin from the grenade had been extracted and in some manner the grenade was dropped. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial Newspaper Clipping: Argyle Township Court House & Archives
John Alexander Ross
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