On this day in 1915, John Wesley Lindsay joined up in Belleville. He was born in Deseronto on May 27th, 1894 to James Lindsay and Della (née Howard). He was described as five feet, nine and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.
Lindsay joined the 39th Battalion with a regimental number of 413021. His service record shows that he arrived in England in July and was treated for gonorrhea in November 1915. In December he was transferred to the 21st Battalion when he went overseas. In January 1916 he was admitted to hospital with myalgia, returning to duty in February. He received a gun shot wound to the chest in March 1916 and was treated in hospitals in England until June. The bullet remained in his chest and caused pain when standing. He served the rest of the war in England, returning to Canada in June 1919. He was demobilized on July 3rd in Kingston.
John Wesley Lindsay survived the war and married Pansy Grace Maracle in Toronto on April 5th, 1922. Pansy later changed her name to Patricia. The photograph below shows her when she was working for the Metcalfe canning factory in Deseronto in the 1930s.
John Wesley Lindsay died on October 20th, 1949 and is buried in the Deseronto Cemetery.