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John Bones

In memory of:

Private John Bones

February 22, 1919

Military Service


Service Number:

820336

Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Division:

18th Res. Bn.

Citation(s):

British War Medal

Additional Information


Born:

December 28, 1886
Port Churchill, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 3, 1916
Berwick, Ontario

Brother of Daniel Bones of Berwick, Ontario. Father of Daniel, Agnes and Magdalina Bones of Fort Francis, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 530 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Addenda Panel.

Location:

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Attestation paper– Attestation Paper, page one.
Enlisting in the 141st Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. on 3 February 1916 in Berwick, Ontario, John Bones was shipped to England via the SS Olympic in April 1917.  On arrival he was transferred to the 18th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Dibgate, England.  In May that year he was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis at Moore Barracks Military Hospital in Shorncliffe, England and he was invalided back to Canada in June 1917 via the Hospital Ship Araguaya.  He was discharged from the Canadian Army as medically unfit for service on 31 December 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Attestation paper– Attestation Paper, page two.
Enlisting in the 141st Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. on 3 February 1916 in Berwick, Ontario, John Bones was shipped to England via the SS Olympic in April 1917.  On arrival he was transferred to the 18th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Dibgate, England.  In May that year he was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis at Moore Barracks Military Hospital in Shorncliffe, England and he was invalided back to Canada in June 1917 via the Hospital Ship Araguaya.  He was discharged from the Canadian Army as medically unfit for service on 31 December 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Halifax Memorial
  • Memorial Plaque– The panel on the Halifax Memorial at Point Pleasant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on which John Bones's name is inscribed.
Image taken in February 2018 by Tom Tulloch.

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