Connor, John

Rifleman John Connor was born in Castledawson, Londonderry, Ireland, in 1848 to Mary and Thomas Connor.

In June 1866 he was a volunteer in Number 1 Company, The Queen’s Own Rifles called up to active service to fight the Fenian invaders at Fort Erie.

Surviving the battle, he died less than a year later, on 17 February 1867, of illness attributable to his time of service. Many of the volunteers took to drinking water from ditches and streams due to a lack of supplies which quite likely resulted in a number of deaths after the battle.

He was buried by his mother and members of his Company in the Necropolis Cemetery Toronto Plot H-229a.

Number 1 Company a couple days after the battle, Connor is likely still with them at this time.

His grave marker is only partially readable and also included some other family members (text courtesy of Necropolis Cemetery) :

Gone but not forgotten

Erected by Mary CONNOR

In memory of her beloved son


Native of Castledawson,

Londonderry, Ireland

Died Feb. 17, 1867

[from] disease contracted at [Ridgeway]

June 2, 1866

[In] the 19th year of his life

Not only has our house been […..]

[……] death has called him […..]

[…….] truth with fond embrace

[……..] whom we loved so dear

Faithful friend a son most dear

A [tender] brother lieth here

Great is the loss that we sustain

But hope in Heaven to meet again

Native of Castledawson

Co. Londonderry Ireland

[died] [Jan or Jun] 10, [1849]

[several lines illegible]


The beloved wife of


Died [Nov.] 24 1879

Connor’s marker in 2016 Photo courtesy of “Find a Grave”

As of 2022, thanks to efforts by the regiment, a new grave marker was installed for Rifleman John Connor.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"

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