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John Frederick Peets
Pte. John Frederick Peets, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Peets, 30 Spring St., was only 17 years of age when, in July, 1940, he enlisted in the Canadian Army and became a member of the Highland Light Infantry, Galt. He was young in years, but his height, 6 feet, 4 inches, and his general air of maturity made him appear much older and he was so keen on his job that he was soon given a stripe, became a lance corporal and later a lance sergeant. After training at Stratford, Debert and Quebec City, he was moved overseas in 1941, and while on the high seas celebrated his 18th birthday. After three years of intensive preparation in England, Pte. Peets, who had reverted to the ranks at his own request, took part in the invasion of Europe on D-Day and fought until the heavily defended sector of Caen was reached. It was in the battle of Buron that he was fatally wounded and now lies buried at Beny-sur-Mer. His platoon officer commended his skill and daring as a soldier and paid high tribute to his popularity among his comrades. Born in Brantford on July 23, 1926, Pte. Peets attended Dufferin School and then became a student in the Vocational Department of the Collegiate Institute. Upon graduation he was employed for a brief time before enlisting at the Brantford Oven and Rack Company. He was a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church and also of the Y.M.C.A., and although he was a good athlete with a boy's enthusiasm for softball and swimming, he was also fond of a quieter pursuit, reading.