Index :: 1914-1918 World War I ::

Allison, John Oliver

  Birth: October 8, 1891 
Death: May 15, 1918 
Force: Air Force 
Unit: 4th Reserve Battalion 

John Oliver Allison, or Ollie, as he was known was born in Maxwell, Ontario to Joseph Allison. He taught at the schoolhouses in Rock Mills and Maxwell, but after a few years decided to enter the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1914. 

However, two years into his studies he joined the Royal Air Force, choosing the most direct path into the heat of battle. John trained in Egypt and served in the Middle East, then known as Mesopotamia, now modern Iraq. He volunteered to fly over enemy lines in Iraq on reconnaissance work, which resulted in his death in 1918. 

John was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Cross by the Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII), at a ceremony in Toronto attended by his father Joseph. At that ceremony Joseph Allison was also given a Gingko Tree by the Prince of Wales of the time; a rare specimen from India. Joseph Allison gave the tree to Mrs. Willard Thurston, who had lost her son, Arnold Monroe Thurston in the war as well. The tree was planted beside the Eugenia Cenotaph, located in the Eugenia Falls Conservation area. It still stands there today, along with a plaque dedicated to Ollie. 

Links

Veteran Affairs Canada web site in memory of Lieutenant John Oliver Allison

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Images

Top Photo: John Oliver Allison
Lower photos left to right 
Newspaper clipping from 1918 
Newspaper Clipping, recent Plaque picture of John and the metal awarded posthumously 
The Ginkgo tree planted at the Eugenia Cenotaph with the plaque.
 
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