John Percival Downing

Sergeant John Percival Downing, C25840
Minnow Lake, Ontario
Royal Canadian Engineers

Birth place and date: John was born in Humbaldt, SK on 28 October 1912.

Religion: John was a member of the Church of England.

Occupation: Before the war, John worked as an engineer for the Department of Highways, ON.

Marital Status: John was married to Mina Isabell Downing. They had one so, John Garry Downing, age 5 years.

Parents: John’s parents were John and Fanny Downing.

Date and location of enlistment: John enlisted on 20 January 1940 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 and Clasp. His wife received the Memorial Cross after John’s death.

Additional Information:

  • John had two brothers and two sisters.

Burial location: John is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 31 years old when he died.

 

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