Rifleman John T. Garrett

John T Garrett (known as JT and Jim) was born in Traynor, SK, the second of 4 sons. He and his brothers grew up on the family farm. After completing a Grade 6 education at a rural SK school in 1927 he left school and began farming for his parents and neighbours.

With WWII breaking out in Europe and at the age of 28 he enlisted with the Regina Rifles Regiment in June 1940. Never having travelled away from the farm, he left his parents and brothers and boarded a train to Halifax NS. He trained in NS and then made his journey to England where he spent 3 years as a trained infantry soldier throughout England and Scotland.

In July 1944, John and his fellow soldiers were sent to France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. While stationed in Holland, John was shot by enemy fire and subsequently recovered from his injury.

After 62 months employed by the Canadian army on training and combat duties, John was honourably discharged in September 1945 with the rank of Rifleman.

John returned to Canada and settled in Geysir, MB on 160 acres of bush land. He and his wife raised 5 children on the farmland. John lived on the farm until his passing in 2006.

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