Arthur Johnson MSM

Feb 28, 1892

Born at Sunderland England


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number 59511 (temporary number 707)

Ø     Next of kin given as Miss F Johnson of 44 McKenzie Cr Toronto Ontario

o      Later changed to Mrs Louise E Johnson (wife)

Ø     Previous occupation given as Mechanic

o      Later recorded as Engineer and Teamster

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Baptist


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent. 

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl with pay


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of L/Cpl


Aug 9, 1915

Married to Louise Eliz (maiden name not recorded) – address recorded as 32 Sydney St., Folkestone England


Sep 1, 1915

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl G Peppiatt who was promoted to rank of Sgt


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the SS St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 19, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with influenza


Jan 21, 1916

Transferred to Divisional Rest Station at Godewaersvelde


Jan 27, 1916

Discharged to duty


Feb 10, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 22, 1916

Returned from leave


Apr 15, 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA with a contusion of left knee and transferred to the Divisional Rest Station


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to the 1/3 Northern Field Ambulance then discharged to duty


Nov 16, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 6, 1916

Attached to the Composite Battalion


Jul 28, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 7, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe while on leave with Scabies 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Aug 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Aug 25, 1917

Rejoined 21st Battalion from leave


Nov 30, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Dec 17, 1917

Note in file corrects the spelling of his name as there are a couple of variations used in the file.  It confirms the correct spelling as “Johnson”.  The name has been spelled in various places as “Johnston” and “Johnsen”


Feb 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 18, 1918

Returned from leave


Oct 30, 1918

Granted 8 days leave


Nov 7, 1918

Returned from leave


Dec 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jan 3, 1919

Leave extended to January 8, 1919


Jan 14, 1919

Rejoined the battalion in Germany from Leave


Jan 18, 1919

Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as per London Gazette #31132



Feb 1, 1919

Proceeded to Havre France for employment in England


Feb 10, 1919

Proceeded to England


Feb 11, 1919

TOS “H” Wing, CCC (Canadian Corps Camp) Witley


Apr 3, 1919

Transferred to CRL (Canadian Record List)


Apr 29, 1919

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion from “H” Wing, CCC Whitley


May 21, 1919

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Jun 1, 1919

TOS the EORD and placed On Command to No 3 Regimental Group, CDD Buxton


Jun 23, 1919

Ceases to be On Command to CDD Buxton and SOS to Canada 

Embarked the SS Grampian at Liverpool with his wife, Louise and 3 year old daughter, Alice.  Both wife and daughter list their country of birth as England. 


TOS Quebec Depot Clearing Services


Jul 2, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec


Jul 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at the Quebec Depot 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 132822

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – 330 Concord Ave., Toronto Ontario

o      Late changed to read 816 Euclid Ave., Toronto Ontario

Ø     2 dependants are noted, but no mention of names


Oct 19, 1965

Deceased at the Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Ontario 

Burial location not recorded


NOTE:  There is no medals card in the file to indicate where his medals were sent.


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