B143299 Rifleman John Lizon was born on 6 June 1914 in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Alexander and Pauline Lizon. He attended St Clair Ave. Public School and left school at 16 after three years at Humberside Collegiate. He spoke English and Ukrainian fluently and had a brother Peter who would also serve overseas.
He was working as a shipper with Canadian Imperial Oil when he enlisted on 25 Feb 1943 with the Royal Canadian Artillery. He trained in Orillia before transferring to the infantry in June 1943 and posted to the Lorne Scots. In England, he was transferred to the Cape Breton Highlanders before being transferred to The Queen’s Own Rifles in December 1943.
Rifleman Lizon landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action, on his 30th birthday. He has no known grave and is memorialized at the Bayeux Memorial, Panel 21, Column 2.