|Date of Birth||January 7, 1879|
|Place of Birth||Nelson's River, Nova Scotia|
|Next of Kin||Nesbitt Victory, mother, Nelson's River PO, Nova Scotia|
|Trade / Calling||Labourer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Kenora, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||Kenora, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||December 26, 1914|
|Age at Enlistment||39|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
John Willam Victory signed his first set of attestation papers in Kenora, Ontario on 26 December 1914. His date and place of birth was given as 7 January 1876 in Nelson’s River in Nova Scotia, next of kin as his mother Nesbitt Victory in Nelson’s River, and occupation as labourer. Kenora newspapers of the day listed John’s name among others as enlisting with the 3rd Contingent. As a Private with the 52nd Battalion, John was discharged from service as unlikely to become an efficient soldier on 10 May 1915 in Port Arthur.
On 20 May 1915, in Winnipeg, John enlisted with the 44th Battalion. His date and place of birth was given as 7 January 1887 in Nova Scotia, his next of kin as his brother Henry in Dilsdon River in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, and his occupation as labourer. On 18 October 1915, at Camp Hughes in Manitoba, John was struck off strength as a deserter.
With no rivers as named upon attestation in Nova Scotia, confirmed genealogical records for John both before and after the war were not found. Illiterate, it is possible that his surname was Vickery, a more common surname in Nova Scotia.
By Judy Stockham