Source: 153rd Wellington web site.
John Gallerno joined the 149th Battalion on April 1, 1916. He was an unmarried labourer living at no fiexted address in Sarnia, Ontario. Enlisting in Sarnia he stated that Sophia Vozart (spelled elsewhare in the service record as Voissard) of Wallaceburg, Ontario was his next-of-kin. She was also his mother.
His service with the 149th Battalion was not uneventfil. He was AWL four times and was transferred to the Special Service Company on March 20, 1917. He then was transferred to the 153rd Battalion on April 2, 1917. This is unusual and without seeing the Daily Orders (DO) it is hard to determine the rationale behind this transfer.
He suffered from bronchitis and wash hospitalized at the Military Hospital in London from March 17 to 30, 1917.
On April 27, 1917, he embarked for England aboard the SS Olympic and arrived there on May 7, 1917.
He had set his Assigned Pay to a Mrs. Hannah Merriam before he was posted overseas.
He served in England with the 25th, then the 4th Reserve Battalions at Witley and was TOS with the 18th Battalion on June 9, 1918.
He arrived in France at the No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot on Mark 29, 1918, and then was transferred to the Canadian Corp Reinforcement Camp on April 3, 1918. He suffered from an illness and was transferred to No. 59 Casualty Clearing Station. He was suspected of suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculoeus.
Transferred to England for further treatment, he was TOS from the 18th Battalion on June 9, 1918 and after several transfers was sent to Kinmel Park Camp for repatriation, sailing from Liverpool for Canada aboard the SS Regina on March 22, 1919.
He was discharged on April 1, 1919, at London, Ontario.
He passed away at Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario, on June 1, 1982.