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Name Service Number Rank Service Date of Birth Place of Birth Date of Enlistment Age at Enlistment Place of Enlistment Address at Enlistment Previous Military: Trade Religion Next of Kin Discharged Date of Death
John Russell Burns 733948 Private 112th Battalion March 3, 1898 (on attestation form) March 3, 1900 (actual date of birth) Yarmouth, NS February 18, 1916 15 Yarmouth NS Yarmouth, NS Height: 5 feet, 7 inches Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Dark Brown Weight: 145 lbs. 29th Battery Canadian Field Artillery (Yarmouth) Recruit; served as Captain of the Cadets. Student Baptist Lewis M. Burns (Father) Yarmouth, NS January 7, 1918 at Halifax, NS March 11, 1983 John Russell Burns was the only son of Lewis Martin Burns and Sophia Dennis (Bain) Burns of Yarmouth, NS. He enlisted with the 119th Battalion, and sailed for England on July 23, 1916 from Halifax on the SS Olympic arriving in Liverpool, England on July 31, 1916. In England, he transferred from the 112th to the 25th Battalion. On October 11, 1916 he crossed to France and joined his unit in the field on November 5, 1916. On December 23, 1916 he was returned to the Canadian Base Depot listed as a minor. On January 4, 1917 he was returned to Bramshott Camp in England and was transferred to the Nova Scotia Regiment Depot until August 3, 1917. He was taken on strength with the Boys Battalion at Bexhill. From July, 1917 the policy regarding minors aged 17 to 18 1/2 was to post them to the Boys Battalion. On December 23, 1917 John Burns embarked for Canada from Liverpool sailing on the SS Metagama. He was discharged at Halifax on January 7, 1918. At discharge he was 17 years of age. He returned home to Yarmouth, and following the death of his father in 1918 lived with his mother and two sisters with his grandparents. In August,1921 he went to the United States arriving in Boston on August 16 and eventually lived in New York. He married Martha Sophia Metzler on January 2, 1926 and became a US citizen in April 1935. He was employed as a journeyman plumber. During WWII he worked at a shipyard in City Island, New York, building and refitting US Navy Mine Sweepers. In later years, he returned to Yarmouth where he died on March 11, 1983. He is buried in Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth NS. Private John Russell Burns is listed on the Nominal Roll of the 112th Battalion
Private John Russell Burns