John Mair PARK

Regiment:               Royal Field Artillery, 51st Highland Division
                               Ammunition Column  

Rank & Number:    
Bombardier, 95 & 645090  

Not Known  

                       27 December 1954; Lilybank Gardens,

Brother-in-law of David and William Jones

JOHN MAIR PARK was born about 1880 to parents John, a merchant, and Ellen Margaret Muir.  He died of cardiac failure at home at 42 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow on 27 Dec 1954 (aged 75, motor engineer (ret), widower).  

At Fairlie Parish Church on 30 Dec 1914, the day he enlisted, John (35, accountant, widower of Kelburn) married Sarah Purvas Jones (sister of David & William Jones who are also named on the Roll of Honour).  He had previously married Agnes M. Peebles in Winnipeg, Canada on 22 Dec 1909.  

Reports in the Winnipeg Free Press in 1905/06 show he was employed by the Union Bank in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  On 22 Dec 1909, in a report of his marriage to Agnes M. Peebles, his occupation is given as traveler with the J.J. Case company.  On his army discharge form in 1917, he says he has ten years’ banking experience with the Union Bank of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba; was for three years Accountant and Salesman with J.J. Case, Machinery Co., Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A.; and held Notary Public Commission in Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.  

The 1920 Valuation Roll has John Parks, clerk, inhabitant at House, Fairlie Craig, Kelburn.    


Enlisted 30 Dec 1914 (aged 34, clerk, nok wife, North Offices, Kelburn Castle and then Round House, Fairlie); first theatre of war entered was France, where he served from 06 May to 25 Sep 1915, and from 04 May to 24 Sep 1916.  He served as record clerk at G.H.Q., 3rd Echelon, Rouen and in Clerking and Dispatches with the H.D.A.C.  He was discharged physically unfit on 09 Apr 1917 suffering from shell shock.  He received the Silver War Badge, the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

9 January 1915          

Marriage:  At Fairlie, 30 December 1914, John Main Park of Vancouver, Canada to Sarah Purvis Russell, daughter of George F. Jones of Kelburn.  

23 October 1915        
William Jones, late of Kelburn, has joined the Lowland Brigade, RFA.  Another son of Mr. Jones, David A. Jones, is serving in France with the Royal Engineers, and his son-in-law, Private J. Park, HDAC, is at present in Stobhill, invalided from France.  

31 March 1917
Corporal Park and Private Thomas Barclay, who were each seriously wounded in the fighting last autumn, have now been discharged from the army.

Extracts from the Winnipeg Free Press:-

1 November 1905       

Garner - Tait:  Yesterday at 3pm in Holy Trinity church, occurred the marriage of Mr. A.C. Garner, of Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan and Miss Margaret R. Tait of Montreal.  Mr. Garner is employed in the Qu’Appelle district of Saskatchewan as a civil engineer.  During the South African war he served with the Strathcona Horse with distinguished bravery.  Miss Tait arrived in the city from her home in Montreal on Saturday past, accompanied by her brother, Mr. Charles Tait, who gave the bride away.  Mr. Garner was accompanied by Mr. John M. Park of the Union bank service who officiated as best man.  Archdeacon Fortin read the marriage service of the church and a number of local and Qu’Appelle friends were present to witness the event.  Mr and Mrs Garner will leave the city on the morning train for Qu’Appelle where Mr. Garner will continue the practice of his profession.  

11 August 1905
Personal:   Mr. John M. Park, who for several years past has been on the staff of the Union bank at Qu’Appelle and who, during the past few at Regina, was Wednesday transferred to Winnipeg, and will begin work in the local branch yesterday.  

15 March 1906  
Persona:  John M. Park, manager of the branch of the Northern bank, in south Qu’Appelle, is in the city.  

22 December 1909     
Weddings; Park - Peebles:  A quiet wedding was celebrated on Saturday night by the Rev. Dr. C.W. Gordon, at his residence, when Miss Agnes M. Peebles, of Vancouver, was united in marriage to John M. Park, of South Qu’Appelle.  Miss Peebles was formerly resident in Paris, Ont., removing to the coast to reside a few years ago.  Mr. Park was formerly manager for the Northern-Crown bank at Qu’Appelle, and is now engaged with the J.J. Case company as traveller.  Miss Laura Spence officiated as bridesmaid at the wedding, and Mr. Park was supported by H.F.M. Ross of the Free Press staff.  Miss Peebles came west on Saturday from Paris, the wedding following a few hours after her arrival here.  Mr. and Mrs. Park are spending a few days in the city, guests at the Clarendon hotel.  They leave to-day for their future home in Carievale, Saskatchewan.

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