AARON, John Richard

77th Battalion Historical Sketch circa 1915 

photo by Erika Dole

Photo of John Richard Aaron – This tribute to John Richard Aaron was included in the 1919 special edition "Our Heroes in the Great War" compiled by J. H. De Wolfe, Patriotic Publishing Co., Ottawa.

AARONJohn Richard1895-06-08EnglandSICILIAN191116Barnardo Homes1915-08-21Cornwall, Ontario1917-04-0921Canadian Infantry Quebec Regiment; 87th BattalionVimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceIndex of Home Children who died in the First World WarPrivateSon of William John and Emily Aaron, of 34 Upper High St., Everton, Liverpool, England.Commemorated on Page 189 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.77th Battalion Historical Sketch circa 1915 - photo in this book144995http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=10http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=V0001-S010http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1564500http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=44091http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=aaron&GSiman=1&GScid=1119613&GRid=56673729&http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1564500/AARON,%20JOHN%20RICHARDhttp://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/books/page?page=189&book=1&sort=pageAschttp://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/home-children-1869-1930/immigration-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=16209887th Battalion77th BattalionMemorial CrossPlaque(#764290) & ScrollMedals & Decorationshttp://www.honourthem.ca/masterDetail.cfm?ID=18099http://www.mapleleaflegacy.ca/search/Details.php?id=155891http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/1564500/Canadian Infantryhttp://www.inmemories.com/Cemeteries/vimymem2.htmhttps://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5534183http://philatelics.org/~allan/shrop/victoriacross/ww1/a.htmlhttp://data2.archives.ca/e/e444/e011092669.pdfBattle of Vimy Ridge

John Aaron was a British Home Child sent to Canada in 1911.

A birth record was found for John Richard Aaron: Year of Registration: 1895; Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep; District: West Derby; County: Lancashire; Volume: 8b; Page: 434.

A death record was found for his father, William John Aaron: Year of Registration: 1908; Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar; Age at Death: 47; District: West Derby; County: Lancashire; Volume: 8b; Page: 272.

On March 9, 1911, the manifest of the ship Sicilian shows him to be 4 foot 6 inches; dark complexion; black hair; and brown eyes. He is shown to be in good health without deformities.

On August 21, 1915, at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, John Richard Aaron, 20, joined the Canadian armed forces (Army; Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment); 87th Battalion). John stated that he was born in Liverpool, England; that his date of birth was June 8, 1895; that he was single; that he was a labourer; and that his next of kin was his mother, Emily Aaron, who resided at No. 2, Priory Mount, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He was described as 5 foot 2-1/2 inches in height; dark complexion; brown eyes and brown hair. He was a Methodist by faith.

John Richard Aaron died April 9, 1917 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He was remembered as the son of William John and Emily Aaron, of 34 Upper High St., Everton, Liverpool, England and commemorated on Page 189 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.. A photograph of John Richard Aaron can be found here: 

He is buried at the VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. A tribute to John Richard Aaron was included in the 1919 special edition "Our Heroes in the Great War" compiled by J. H. De Wolfe, Patriotic Publishing Co., Ottawa.

by Norah Dennis

Aaron, John Richard

DOB: 1895-06-08 – Liverpool, England

Arrived 1911 on the Sicilian age 16 sent by Barnardo Homes

According to ships register he was only 15, and they list his birth year as 1896. The ship arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Enlisted 1915-08-21 in Cornwall Ontario Regimental #144995

On attestation he lists his mother Emily Aaron, 190 2 Prison Mount Liverpool, appears he added Triory Mount. And lists his birthdate as 8th June 1895

Full military file shows his (military) Will with the following person to receive his personal estate a Miss Emily Aaron, The Hollies, Lower Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, England. She is shown to be a sister. His mother’s name is also Emily.

This sister he goes on to say is in C/O Mrs. Hawkyard at the address above.

Which is interesting as she may be Elizabeth Aaron not Emily.

Mother Emily Aaron has a change of address to 34 Upper High St., Everton, Liverpool, England.

And sister Emily is shown later at Mona Villa, Lower Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, England.

This area has quite the history: here is a link containing much of the history:


Please scroll through it may help to delineate the time and era that John Richard Aaron grew up in before coming to Canada.

Died: 1917-04-09 age 21

Military files indicate he was missing and presumed died. The Circumstances of Casualty card reads: Previously reported missing, now for official purposes presumed to have died in the attack on Vimy Ridge, April 9th, 1917.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows the following:

Son of Emily Aaron, of 34, Upper High St., Everton, Liverpool, England, and the late William John Aaron.

Buried Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Ancestry shows 1901 English Census of John R. Aaron age 5 with family. Interesting to note there is no Emily except mother.


John R Aaron



Estimated birth year:

abt 1896

Relation to Head:





William J Aaron


John R Aaron

William J Aaron


Emily Aaron


Mary Aaron


John R Aaron


Elizabeth A Aaron


William T Aaron


Alfred R Aaron


Edward Aaron


Henry B Owens


Elizabeth is found on a 1911 English Census as an inmate in a deaf and dumb institution in Lower Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, England.

Henry B. Owens is shown as a step son and goes on to be found on the 1911 census as head of house and shown occupation as Machinist Engineering.

And nothing immediately found on any of the other children.