Photograph: An aviation enthusiast, Jack Neys helped build this plane and flew it in the early 1930s.
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Regimental Number: 3208198; VR-6374
Branch: Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
Jack was born in South Dakota on June 7, 1896. He was living in Sexsmith when he was drafted in April of 1918; his homestead was located at NW 1-76-2-W6 and he later filed on NW 18-74-5-W6 as well. In 1918, Jack was discharged from the army and joined the Navy, where his brother Henry served as well. On October 5, 1927, Jack married Nellie May Warn. Jack had a keen interest in aviation and in 1931 earned his pilot’s license. He later owned a plane, and made several mercy flights. Jack died in Washington in January of 1973.
Sources: homestead record; Grande Prairie Capitol of the Peace p. 111-112; Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 646, 1148; Buffalo Trails p. 261
- Enlistment Form
- Navy Ledger Sheet
- Lives of the First World War profile
- Canadian Great War Project profile
- Photograph (ca. 1930)
- Photograph (ca. 1937)
- Family portrait (1944)
- Marries (November 11, 1927)
- Takes up aviation (October 3, 1930)
- Secures flying license (November 27, 1931)
- Successful first flight (August 4, 1932)
- Owns aeroplane (August 11, 1932)
- Flies from Sexsmith to Grande Prairie (May 4, 1933)
- Flies to Edmonton (May 18, 1933)
- Plane equipped with skis (January 11, 1934)
- Mercy mission to Pine Pass (January 18, 1934)
- Mercy flight (May 21, 1936)