|Date of Birth||August 15, 1893|
|Place of Birth||Kenora, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Keenia Samson (mother), Russia|
|Trade / Calling||Labourer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Address at Enlistment||Murray Park, Manitoba|
|Date of Enlistment||December 8, 1915|
|Age at Enlistment||22|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
John Simpson enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 8 December 1915. According to his attestation paper he was born on 15 August 1893 in Kenora, Ontario and John Simpson was an “adopted” name, possibly an anglicized version of his birth name. As next of kin he listed his mother Keenia Samson in Russia. John said he was a labourer living in Murray Park, Manitoba when he enlisted. He signed up with the 144th Battalion and trained with his unit in Winnipeg and at Camp Hughes, near Brandon, Manitoba.
In April 1916, while still in Winnipeg, John was sick with bronchitis for about ten days. He was ill again in June, this time with possible tuberculosis of the lung. Although he returned to his battalion after a few days of treatment he became absent without leave a week later. On 28 July 1916 he was struck off strength as a deserter.
At this time nothing further is known about John.
By Becky Johnson