John William Wilton McDonnell Parr

Corporal John William Wilton McDonald Parr, K85397
Victoria, BC
The Canadian Scottish Regiment 

Corporal Parr is sponsored by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, Victoria, the Island and Yukon Division.
Corporal Parr était parrainé par Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, Victoria, The Islands and Yukon Division.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

John William Wilton McDonald Parr was born on January 15 1912 in Darjeeling, India. Born into a military family, John’s father was Major W.R. McDonald Parr and his mother was Mary McDonall Parr. John had two brothers and one sister. Before the start of the war, John’s father passed away on August 4 1938 leaving his mother a widow. John enlisted for military service in Victoria, BC, where he was living at the time. He spent four years serving in the military before his death.

Before the war, John completed public school and went on to attend Dover College in England. After completing his education, John returned to Canada and became a service Manager in British Columbia. After enlisting, he trained in Winnipeg before leaving for the UK. By the time of his death, John had been promoted to Corporal.

At the age of 32, John contributed on D-Day with the allied forces. He landed on Juno Beach with the rest of the Canadian forces. Unfortunately, John was one of many who was killed in action on June 6 1944.

He is buried at Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery in Plot 2, Row D, Grave 10. John’s bravery will not be forgotten as he contributed, along with so many other Canadian soldiers, to the successful invasion of Normandy.

 

Written by: Colin Brown, a student at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:Colin Brown, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

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