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Gray, John W.
- Township: Embro & West Zorra
- Branch: Canadian Army, Elgin Regiment; Three River Regiment, United States Forces
- Date of death: November 7, 2012
Wars Served: World War II
- Years of service: May 16, 1942 -
Country enlisted with: Canada
John W. Gray enlisted in the Canadian Army on May 16, 1942. He trained at Cornwall and Camp Borden before serving overseas as a tank operator with the Elgin Regiment. He was part of a reinforcement unit in Sicily and Italy, with the Three River Regiment and with United States forces. At the Hitler Line, John’s tank was hit and caught fire, but he and his crew escaped. After Italy, he served in France, Belgium, Holland and England. From England, he took a week’s holiday in Ireland, where he married Theresa McGee. The next day, he left for Canada on a troop ship. Ten months later, she joined him.
After the war he re-enlisted to train troops for the Korean War. John was a decorated soldier who served his country well. From 1961 to 2006 they lived at 123 Commissioner St., Embro. From there they moved to Woodstock.