Neil Alexander McDonald, ( my mother's uncle) was killed in action during WW1,
he served with the 73rd Canadian Infantry Batallion. The 73rd Battalion served in
France with the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. The story of the 73rd
is unique, as one of only a few battalions that suffered such great losses that it had
to be withdrawn from service (April 1917).
To see his name entered in the WW I Book of Rememberance (bottom of left column)
Granddad, John Joseph Quann Sr served in both WW I and WW II.
He entered the 1st WW as a foot soldier and made it to England,
but it was decided that he was too young to fight and he was
shipped back to Canada. Then came the 2nd WW, and away he went
again, enlisting as an engineer. Once again Granddad was shipped
off to England, and this time it was decided that he was too old
to go to war, and again he was shipped back to Canada. Two wars,
too young for one, too old for the other, Granddad never did get
to see any action. A blessing in disguise I guess.
First Generation in the Military,
"On The Home Front"
Because he lost an eye in a mining accident when kicked in the head
by a horse Great Uncle Michael Quann, (Uncle Mick), was not allowed to
enlist in the Regular Force. However, determined to do his part he
enlisted in the "Cape Breton Highlanders" where he instructed on
First Aid to the Men deploying overseas.
To see another photo of him and read a bit of history on his unit Press Here
Dad was released on January 11, 1946.
To see two other photo's of Dad in Uniform Press Here
On Dec 25th, 2003, we, the sons and daughter,
presented Mom with a display case containing
Dad's medals, Legion crest, a replica of the
Juno Beach Memorial Center Brick we purchased
and other memorabilia. To see a picture of the case, Press Here!
Killed in Action WW II
1924 - 1944
Unfortunately, Uncle Francis, a member of The Sherbrooke Fusiliers,
never came back from the war. He was killed in action Aug 08, 1944 in France.
To see his name entered in the WWII Book of Rememberance
To search his name, or any other, (enter Quann, F, Canada) in the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission go to search the register:
To see his information entered in the Grave Location
and pictures of his Grave in France and a picture of his Troop
Aunt Edie served in the Dental Corps from 1943 - 1945.
She served her full time here in Canada. She did her
training in Guelph, ON, and then served in Halifax.
Aunt Edie was engaged to a young fella who died on D-day,
she then met Uncle Roy who was a MP and then later remustered
to physical education, PERI.
Second Generation in the Military
Korea & The Cold War!
Uncle Bill (William Quann) joined the CAF in Halifax.
He served in the CAF from Aug 1949 until Dec 1981.
He completed his basic training in the Royal Canadian School
of Infantry in Borden ON. On completion of basic he was posted
to 1 RCR in CFB Petawawa in Oct 1949. Uncle Bill served his
country in the following locations:
Uncle Mick (Michael Quann) also served a full career in the CAF.
He served from Feb 1954 until Aug 1980.
He completed his basic training in St Jean PQ, and was then
posted to CFB Borden where he was trained as an Air Frame Tech.
Uncle Mick served his country in the following locations:
St Jean, PQ; Borden ON; Greenwood, NS; Marville, France;
Rockcliffe, ON; Rivers, Manitoba; Uplands(Ottawa) ON;
and finally Trenton, ON. During his stay in Marville,
France, he was a member of the Canadian team that won
the Nato International Air Shoot Competition.
After 26 years of service they decided they were not moving again and
Mick and his wonderful wife, Mary, retired from the Air Force
in Trenton ON, and reside there today.
The four boys celebrated 100 years
of service between them on 13 April 1999.
All four were still serving at this time.
To view the table used to calculate time served Press here
Ken's wife, Rose also served for 20 + years. To read on her career Press here
The Boys with Mom and Sister Judi.
My fathers sister, Gen Leblanc, has a son who joined
the Air Force in 1981 as an Aviation Tech. To read on his career click here
My Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Phoebe's son Derrick also joined the forces in 1981.
To read where he has been posted click here.
Fourth generation In the Military Peace Makers
In the Military, just released from the Military,
and dreaming of being in the Military
Here is my sister Judi's son Jason in Bosnia with the RCD.
He returned from there in Mar of 1999, and took his
release from the forces, he returned to civilian life in May of 1999.
He has since moved to London Ontario. Good Luck Jason!
Back down home from London, Jason again joined the Reserves serving with 33 Svc Bn, mostly on call out as an MSE Op with Base
Transport in Halifax. He has rejoined the Regular Force, and
as of 1 Oct 2001 is on active duty again, posted with 3 ASG in CFB Gagetown.
He served his time with with the RCD, CFB Petawawa, ON. You can contact Jason via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Drop him a line.
This photo is of Dwayne Quann, my brother Ken's son.
He served from 24 Jul 1990 until 21 Oct 1998.
He is living in Edmonton, Alberta. Good Luck Dwayne!
This photo is of my brother Bob's Daughter Krista,
taken off the coast of Guam on EXERCISE TANDUM THRUST 2001.
I think she looks ready to do battle with her 2 cousins above, eh?
Krista joined the Naval Reserve in 1998, and transferred to
the Regular Force in Mar 1999. She is presently posted to
HMCS Vancouver. Here is a picture of her with The Minister of
National Defence, pleading for a raise no doubt. The latest addition is Krista recieveing her PO2s, congrats Krista.
This photo is of Andrew, my brother Jamie's son,
taken upon his graduation from Saint Jean, he is now off
to Meaford for his trades training with the RCR Battle School
Pro Patria Andrew, good luck and God bless!
To visit the RCR Web Site Click Here
This photo is of Mitchell, my sister in law's son (Leah/Jamie),
Private Recruit Cameron of The Princess Louise Fusiliers based out of
the Halifax Armories when he was enrolled on October 14, 2010.
To visit his unit
Here are my pride and joy, two future commando's
Darrell Francis and Vincent Paul