John McKendrick Park was born 3 April 1896 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire Scotland. His family immigrated to Canada to mine. His family lived in Hillcrest, British Columbia and John worked as a labourer. He enlisted on 6 February 1915 with the 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles in Lethbridge, Alberta. John then served in France with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles.
After the war, John moved to British Columbia and was an insurance salesman. On 18 June 1931 he married Hettie Roberts (Henrietta Roberts) at Vancouver, BC. John died 1 July 1981 at the Burnaby Hospital.