John Henry Maracle signature
On this day in 1917, John Henry Maracle was killed by an enemy rifle bullet while cleaning his own rifle at the front line near Vimy, France. He had joined the 44th Battalion at the front line one month earlier, on December 12th, 1916.
Canada War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty) 1914-1948 For John Maracle
The war diary for the days leading up to Maracle’s death show that deaths at the front line were a daily occurrence for the battalion.
War diary entry for John Henry Maracle's death
John was buried in the Villers Station cemetery. He is remembered on the Deseronto war memorial. His widow, Harriet, died on February 3rd, 1918.
Deseronto memorial