The following is excerpted from the Stonewall Argus, November 6, 1995:
John Webb was born in Stonewall, Manitoba in 1894. He enlisted in The Canadian Army in World War I and was wounded in France. Following his return to Canada he farmed until joining the Winnipeg Supply & Fuel Co Ltd. Shortly after the outbreak of WWII, he joined the Veteran's Guard of Canada and served at several points in Western Canada until his death in Shaughnessy Military Hospital in 1944.
The 16th Battalion served in the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division. Since its early beginnings, the battalion had a high standard of conduct on the battlefield and was commanded by outstanding leaders.
The Veteran's Guard of Canada was full-time and reserve component formed in 1940 from veterans of World War I to provide additional support for the Army during World War II. Many were stationed in Canada guarding important sites, prisoner-of-war and internment camps, as well as overseas service.
I am proud of my grandfather, who died in service to this country. He, like all veterans, made a difference in the lives of all Canadians and his contribution should not be forgotten.
Thank you grandpa, for your sacrifice and service.