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Connon, John Douglas
Gadsby, Alberta
Calgary, Alberta
Vancouver, British Columbia
Died: Sep 14,1944

Commemorated at
Calais Canadian War Cemetery, France

John Douglas Connon, born April 7, 1916 at Calgary, Alberta, completed his education in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1931. Single and a truck driver, he lived at Gadsby, Alberta when enlisting at Calgary, Alberta November 5, 1939. Connon served with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps attached to the 1st Battalion, The Calgary Highlanders (Airaghardt) as a Private during the Second World War. Part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, the battalion fought at the Second Battle of Dunkirk in September 1944, capturing Bourbourg and Loon-Plage along the German perimeter near Dunkirk, France. On September 14, 1944, Private John Douglas Connon died during the siege at Dunkirk and is commemorated at Calais Canadian War Cemetery (Leubringhen), Pas de Calais, France and on the Castor Cenotaph, Alberta. Son of John and Elizabeth Ann Connon; brother of James Alexander, Albert Adam, Ruth, Bernice, Dorothy, Alba, Clarice, Cora, Margaret and Robert Connon (died in 1917); husband of Eva Mary (nee Johnson) Connon of Calgary; father of J. Elizabeth and William Delmer Connon; he was 28 years old. "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." - Benjamin Disraeli

Memorial: Calgary, Alberta