According to his draf papers dated May 11, 1918 at Toronto, John Charles Donnelly of Mimico was born on August 22, 1896 in Etobicoke township. He listed his sister, Miss Geraldine Donnelly, Mimico, as his next of kin. He was a RR trainman and had no previous military experience. He was 21 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches in height. He had blue eyes, dark hair and a fresh complexion.
According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was a brakeman and living on the north side of Main Street, Mimico.