Company Quartermaster Sergeant John Connor D.C.M.
60th Battalion, Victoria Rifles of Canada
John Connor was the Grandfather of John Feeley, who, with his wife Anne worships at St Joseph’s Parish Church, Sale and regularly visits St John’s on Thursday mornings.
John Connor was born in England in 1876 and emigrated to Canada sometime in the early 1900s seeking employment as a carpenter. He enlisted in the 60th Battalion in April 1915 and embarked for England on 4th November 1915. After a few weeks in England the Victoria Rifles were posted to France on 21 February 1916. The Rifles fought as part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division.
John must have been an excellent soldier as by 1917 he had reached the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant. In 1917 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His citation reads ‘for devotion to duty. He served with his Unit without a break, taking part in the battles of Sanctuary Wood in June 1916, the battles of the Somme in September 1916, and the attack on Vimy Ridge in April 1917.’
John survived the War and returned to Canada where he died in 1939.