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John Joseph Bialas
Pte. John Joseph Bialas, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bialas, 84 Terrace Hill St., was killed in action in Italy, on September 24, 1944, and is now buried in San Vito, on the Uso River, Italy. He was 23 years of age. Enlisting in May, 1942, Pte. Bialas trained in Brantford, Ottawa and Prince George, where he joined the Cameron Highlanders. He was posted overseas in 1943 and was transferred to the Westminster Regiment with which he saw his last action. Born in Brantford, John attended St. Basil's Separate School and was a member of the congregation of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He was one of the best known of Brantford's young hockey players. He was on the Brantford Lions Club Hockey Team in 1940-41, and the next year played for the Akron Clippers in Ohio. He was a skilful skater and a good team man. Prior to his enlistment he worked at the Universal Cooler Company of Canada, Ltd.