John Carrwon Coburn

Private John Carrwon Coburn, C94256
1st Canadian Parachute Regiment

Private Coburn is sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion, Sir Sam Hughes Branch No. 67, Lindsay, Ontario.
Private Coburn était parrainé par Royal Canadian Legion, Sir Sam Hughes Branch No. 67, Lindsay, Ontario.

Birth place and date: John was born in Regina, SK on 25 May 1923.

Religion: John was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Occupation: Before the war, John served as an office boy.

Marital Status: John was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: John’s next of kin was his mother, Mrs. M. Coburn.

Date and location of enlistment: John enlisted on 14 March 1941 in Ottawa, ON.

Medals: John was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM with Clasp.

Burial location: John is buried at the Calais Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 20 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

John had a mother and father, George and Margaret Coburn, and three brothers and one sister, Claude (age 23), Patrick (age 18), Edwin (age 9), and Elizabeth (age 16). John began school at the age of 6 and finished when he was 16 years old. John attended St. Pats College and enjoyed his studies. John was noted as being a healthy and happy young man, who was athletic, and enjoyed hockey, football, swimming, and skiing.

John was just about to turn 17 years old when he first joined the armed forces. He started in the Ordnance Corps and then went to P.O. in Ottawa as an office boy for two months. He then went on to operate electric mimeograph machines for three months. He worked as an orderly for Co. Macrimmon for about a year and then spent his last month with D.O.S.A. John then applied to transfer to signals, dispatch rider, but then changed his mind and transferred to parachute troops. In his interview, John was enthusiastic about parachute work, and even though he stood over the height limit, he was accepted into the parachute troops due to his skills.

Although I have only found a fraction of the details of John’s life, I can only image how interesting the rest of the details are. I want to thank John, not just for serving in the armed forces, but also for impacting my life through your deeds. John has made me more interested history after researching and discovering so much about his life.

Written by: Amy Crane, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Amy Crane, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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