Johnson Paudash MM

Information supplied by Brian Paudash

Johnson Paudash is on the far right

This is a staged photo for the press, with Johnson Paudash holding the rifle


Jan 29, 1875

Born at Hiawatha Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested at Kingston into the 21st Battalion 

Ø      Number 59779 (temporary number 333)

Ø      Next of kin given as Florence Paudash (wife) of Hiawatha Ontario

Ø      Occupation given as “Farmer”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as “Wesleyan”

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp


Jul 6, 1915

Promoted to Corporal at Shorncliffe


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked for France at Folkestone and disembarked at Boulogne


Sep 22, 1915

Received GSW (gun shot wound) to right thigh at Messines


Aug 13, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA with Bronchitis


Aug 14, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Bronchitis


Aug 18, 1916

Admitted to No 12 CFA


Aug 20, 1916

Discharged to duty


Aug 21, 1916

Rejoined unit from No 6 CFA


Aug 26, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 8, 1917

Returned to duty from leave


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade)


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined battalion from attachment


Jan 17, 1918

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Feb 24, 1918

Reverts to permanent rank of Private on evacuation to England “as being over 50 years of age and considered as not fully capable of carrying on with duties in the field”


Feb 26, 1918

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford – “over age”, then attached to 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 19, 1918

Proceedings of Medical Board at Seaford 

Ø      Age noted as “49” (going by his stated birth date on attestation, he would only be 43)

Ø      Some shortness of breath

Ø      Wounds of thigh and leg well healed

Ø      He is well preserved for his age


Mar 29, 1918

Medical Report compiled at Seaford 

Ø      Birth date recorded as “January 29, 1869”

Ø      Scar noted on inside right thigh about 4” long

Ø      Scar noted on surface mid right thigh about 1” long

Ø      Height recorded as 5’ 6” (on attestation it was recorded as 5’ 4½ ”

Ø      Complains of pain in right leg and shortness of breath

Ø      Right leg becomes stiff when walking

Ø      Declared to be “fit for base duty” only

Ø      Not recommended to be invalided to Canada


Apr 10, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal, London Gazette No 30622


Citation reads

For gallantry and devotion to duty.  On 26th January 1918, when our trenches were heavily bombarded, Pte Paudash maintained his post and continued to snipe disregardful of danger.   Seeing a Hun observing the effect of the Trench Mortars he shot him and continued sniping at various targets while they presented themselves.  during his 29 months service in France Pte Paudash has sniped 42 Huns

AFW 3121   27-2-18


Apr 18, 1918

On Command of CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) Buxton pending proceeding to Canada - Ceases to be attached to 6th Reserve Battalion


May 13, 1918

Ceases to be On Command of CCD and is SOS to Canada – embarked at Liverpool for Canada


May 20, 1918

Disembarked in Canada


Jun 29, 1918

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario reports 

Ø      Birth date of Jan 29, 1869 recorded

Ø      4 GSW wound scars, 2 on calf, 1 on thigh and 1 on forehead

Ø      complains of pain is shoulder, both hips and knees, shortness of breath and weak eyes

Ø      both shrapnel and bayonet wounds on thigh healed well

Ø      no treatment recommended except for glasses

Ø      recommended for discharge as overage with disability of Chronic nephritis and neuritis due to war time service


Jul 9, 1918

Discharged at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      “Medically Unfit for further military service”

Ø      Character and conduct noted as “Very Good”

Ø      Entitled to wear the “Military Medal”

Ø      Former occupation listed as “Farmer”

Ø      Special civilian qualification “Tinsmith”


Oct 23, 1918

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital Kingston 

Ø      Admitted for observation

Ø      Accelerated pulse on examination due to nervousness

Ø      Cardiac condition due to neurosis

Ø      Has Myopic Astigmatism and Presbyopia due to age

Ø      Requires glasses, but this is not due to his service


Oct 26, 1918

Discharged from Queen’s Military Hospital, condition unchanged


Oct 26, 1959

Deceased and buried at Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay Ontario

Above are his 21st Battalion comrades who attended his funeral




The medals card indicates that the British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to 136 King St., Lindsay Ontario.  Unfortunately the LAC neglected to copy the reverse side which shows the date they were sent. 

There is a second medal card in the file which belongs in his brother’s file, George Paudash, 59778


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