John Robson

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    We regret to advise of the death of John Robson of Alliston, ON on 4 October 2006.

    John was born in 1915 on family farm in Essa Township in Ontario. While working on the construction of Camp Borden, he enlisted in September 1941 in 2 Field Company as a heavy equipment operator. He worked on the construction of the Meaford Tank Range in 1942 and was transferred to 23 Field Company in April 1943. Basic training took place in Sussex, NB and he proceeded to England in July of that year. In England he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineer Mechanical Equipment Company where he served as a training instructor on heavy equipment and helped make equipment waterproof for the planned landing in France. John landed in France in July 1944 where he worked in Caen through Falaise to Belgium and Holland building roads and airfields and helping to clear the tunnel in Antwerp and deep water canal and lock gates.

    Repatriated to Canada on compassionate grounds in February 1945, he returned to Camp Meaford to work on the ranges. Discharged in June 1945, John was then hired to manage the Camp Borden coal yard from 1946 to 1957. In 1954 he worked many long hours in the Holland Marsh area, clearing and rebuilding roads destroyed by Hurricane Hazel. John Robson served on the local legion executive for 30 years and was Branch President in 1967, receiving a variety of awards such as the Meritorious Service Medal and a Life Membership. John was a Boy Scout Cub leader during the 1950s and was also a strong supporter of the local seniors' group and the Knox Presbyterian Church.