77 www.on.legion.ca ONTARIO COMMAND COLLINS, John T. John was born in Thessalon, Ontario on January 10, 1924. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on June 8, 1943 and served as Leading Aircraftman with #6 Bomber Command in Canada and Middleton St. George, England with 419 Moose Squadron, 428 Ghost Squadron. He received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp. After his discharge on September 17, 1945, he was employed as a summer student scaler by a local paper company for which he ended up working for fortythree years. He retired in 1988 and moved from Kapuskasing in 1997 and now resides in Guelph, Ontario. He has been a member of Kapuskasing Legion Branch 85 for thirty-eight years. COOK, William William was born in 1887 in Sheshegwaning, Ontario. He joined the Army in 1916 and served as a Private with the 227th Battalion in the District of Sudbury. He achieved the rank of Corporal within the 11th Battalion and witnessed the death of Michael M. Cada when he was shot in the trenches of France. A talented fiddle player, William’s date of death is not known. CONNELLY, John B. John was born on September 7, 1922 in Campbellford, Ontario. Just after his 17th birthday, he forged his mother signature to sign up in September 1939. He served as a Rifleman with the Queen’s Own Rifles in Canada, Great Britain, France and Belgium where he was wounded for the second time and sent back to England. John was also a Juno Beach survivor. He was discharged from hospital on August 28, 1946. While he received the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star and the Defence Medal, he was most proud of his Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Silver Clasp. John returned to Canada with his Scots bride Julia, his wife for over 53 years. Together they raised five children. Returning to France for the first time in 2004, he remarked how wonderful it was that the country and people had survived and prospered since he was last there. John was a member of Arrowsmith Legion Branch 49 for twenty years before he passed away on January 4, 2008.