John Thomas Brierley was the son of Thomas and Alice Brierley, of Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. He enlisted in the 10th Canadian Field Ambulance as a First Aid Man on 17 July 1942 and was attached to 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion. He was 5' 9", 126 Ibs, clear complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, 20/20 vision.
Private Brierley arrived in the UK on 17 December 1942 and successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Ringway and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).
Pte Brierley was killed in action on 2 August 1944, aged 22, and was buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
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