Wilfred Johnson


Jan 8, 1893

Born at Cheshire England


Feb 19, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Port Hope Ontario 

Ø      Number 412603 (initially it was A12603 but the “A” was later changed to a “4”)

Ø      Next of kin given as Emily Johnson (mother) of Brow Cottage, Styal, Cheshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company



Mar 25, 1915

Shown on payroll of the 39th Battalion


Apr 17, 1915

Admitted to Belleville Hospital with Tonsillitis


Apr 20, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Jun 24, 1915

Embarked the RMS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec



Jul 3, 1915

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


Nov 9, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 10, 1915

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 12, 1915

Left CBD to join unit


Nov 14, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Brigade Reserve in the Ridgewood area


Dec 28, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge. 

This is a stripe, the same as for the rank of Lance Corporal, only worn upside down on the lower sleeve of the tunic. 

It is awarded for 2 years service with good conduct.  I could see no evidence of service prior to February of 1915 and see no reason why it was awarded 2 months early.


May 27, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 10, 1917

At duty from leave


Jan 24, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 9, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Jan 2, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 25, 1919

Attached to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford  after being arrested as an absentee


Feb 18, 1919

Proceeded to join unit under escort


Feb 22, 1919

Arrived at CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot) under escort


Mar 3, 1919

Rejoined Battalion at Ham-Sur-Sambre Belgium as a prisoner returning from leave 

There is no record of any punishment or of pay being withheld for this.  As noted, he is even promoted a month later.  I can only assume the fact that the war was over, and possibly a legitimate reason being supplied, was enough to smooth over the situation. 

It was noted in his pay records that he was the sole supporter for his widowed mother who lived in England and this may have been a factor.


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 23, 1919

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal with pay


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279836

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Bowmanville Ontario

Ø      Rank noted on discharge - Private


Apr 15, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Bowmanville Ontario 

Rank noted on Medals Card – Pte



Feb 26, 1972



Orono Cemetery
Clarington Ontario

 The photos shown here were found among his effects by the family after his death, .  Also in the group, is what appears to be a knife that was likely used on trench raids.  Not the kind of weapon that I would like to come up against in a fight in the dark.


Post war, Wilfred joined the The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) and below are the awards presented to him for his servcie with the organization

I want to thank Greg Johnson for supplying the photos and permitting us to publish them here


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