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  • John Brady Good was born on 8 July 1876 in Barrie, Ontario. His parents were Thomas Leslie Good and Sarah McCreight. Siblings included: Arthur (b. 1869), Joseph (b. 1873), Margaret (b. 1874) and Jeremiah (b. 1887). While he was in the Barrie area, John served for 3 years with the 35th Battalion.

    By 1901 John was working as a saw mill labourer in Rat Portage (Kenora) Ontario. He was single and boarding at the William Torrance residence. The 1911 Canadian census shows that he had become an “engineer” at the saw mill and was a lodger in the “west ward” of Kenora.

    With WW1 raging in France, John enlisted with the 179th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 19 October 1915. On his attestation papers he indicated that he was a member of the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada militia at enlistment. His unit sailed for England in October of 1916 aboard the S.S Saxonia. When he arrived in England John was transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot. In April of 1917 he was posted to the Canadian Machine Gun “pool” and by 7 May 1917 John was with the 1st Machine Gun Co. in Camiers, France.  This unit was absorbed by the Canadian Machine Gun Corps in March of 1918 and John was taken on strength to the 1st Battalion of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. In May he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. That fall he attended a “gas course” for 6 days. John served in France until March of 1919 when he returned to England. He embarked for Canada on 26 April 1919 aboard the Empress of Britain. John received his official discharge due to demobilization from the 1st Battalion CMGC on 5 May 1919.

    John returned to Kenora and on the 1921 Canadian Census he was a lodger in the Walter Baldwin residence on Paterson Ave. in Norman (a suburb of Kenora). His stated occupation was “engineer”. On 24 September 1924 John married widow Alice Ruth Beasant (nee Muddiman) in Norman. Her first husband, William Arthur Beasant, had been killed in action in WW1. Alice had three children – Arthur, Maurice and Margaret. In 1925, she and John had a son that they named Norman. John worked as an engineer at the paper mill in Kenora. He belonged to Oddfellows and Masonic groups.

    John died in Kenora on 26 March 1939. He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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    Photograph of John provided by his granddaughter Gerrie Thornhill.

  • Regimental Number:
  • 859138
  • Service Record:
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  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Machine Gun Corps
  • Battalion:
  • Canadian Machine Gun Company
  • Place of Birth:
  • Barrie, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mr J.H. Snider, Friend, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • July 8, 1876
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Engineer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • October 19, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 39
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • March 26, 1939
  • Age at Death:
  • 62
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 44E-18-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • John Brady Good was born on 8 July 1876 in Barrie, Ontario. His parents were Thomas Leslie Good and Sarah McCreight. Siblings included: Arthur (b. 1869), Joseph (b. 1873), Margaret (b. 1874) and Jeremiah (b. 1887). While he was in the Barrie area, John served for 3 years with the 35th Battalion.

    By 1901 John was working as a saw mill labourer in Rat Portage (Kenora) Ontario. He was single and boarding at the William Torrance residence. The 1911 Canadian census shows that he had become an “engineer” at the saw mill and was a lodger in the “west ward” of Kenora.

    With WW1 raging in France, John enlisted with the 179th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 19 October 1915. On his attestation papers he indicated that he was a member of the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada militia at enlistment. His unit sailed for England in October of 1916 aboard the S.S Saxonia. When he arrived in England John was transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot. In April of 1917 he was posted to the Canadian Machine Gun “pool” and by 7 May 1917 John was with the 1st Machine Gun Co. in Camiers, France.  This unit was absorbed by the Canadian Machine Gun Corps in March of 1918 and John was taken on strength to the 1st Battalion of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. In May he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. That fall he attended a “gas course” for 6 days. John served in France until March of 1919 when he returned to England. He embarked for Canada on 26 April 1919 aboard the Empress of Britain. John received his official discharge due to demobilization from the 1st Battalion CMGC on 5 May 1919.

    John returned to Kenora and on the 1921 Canadian Census he was a lodger in the Walter Baldwin residence on Paterson Ave. in Norman (a suburb of Kenora). His stated occupation was “engineer”. On 24 September 1924 John married widow Alice Ruth Beasant (nee Muddiman) in Norman. Her first husband, William Arthur Beasant, had been killed in action in WW1. Alice had three children – Arthur, Maurice and Margaret. In 1925, she and John had a son that they named Norman. John worked as an engineer at the paper mill in Kenora. He belonged to Oddfellows and Masonic groups.

    John died in Kenora on 26 March 1939. He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Good-John-Brady-2 Good-John-Brady-3 Good-John-Brady-4 Good-John-Brady-5 Good-John-Brady-6 Good-John-Brady-7

    Photograph of John provided by his granddaughter Gerrie Thornhill.

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  • Good, John Brady Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 859138
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • Canadian Machine Gun Company
  • Place of Birth:
  • Barrie, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mr J.H. Snider, Friend, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • July 8, 1876
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Machine Gun Corps
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Engineer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • October 19, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 39
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • March 26, 1939
  • Age at Death:
  • 62
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 44E-18-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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