Corporal John Cannon Stothers
John Cannon Stothers joined the CEF with his younger brother, Carman Edmund Stothers, in 1916. They joined the 170th battalion (Missisauga Horse) and went overseas in October of 1916. John remained in England with a reserve battalion until November 1917 when he was transferred to the 15th battalion (48th Highlanders) and was part of the Army of Occupation until 1919. Carman left for France with the 75th battalion in December 1917 and was at Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. He was wounded in a trench raid in June of 1917 and returned to Canada by December. He fully recovered from his wounds.
The letters that follow are those written by John Cannon to his mother and to another one of his brothers, Stephen Stothers. They have been preserved through the efforts of Carman Stothers who compiled them in the 1960s for family members. One final note: 14 Stothers enlisted in the CEF and remarkably all survived.
This information, and the letters, was provided by Stephen Stothers' grandson Steven Stothers. Stothers has built a web site dedicated to family members that fought in WWI. To visit this site Click here.