Alexander Johnston
aka Alexander Johnson

Mar 8, 1885

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland


Dec 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59512 (temporary number 1192)

Ø  Next of kin given as Ellen Johnston, mother, Brock St., above Clergy, Kingston, Ontario

o   Later noted as 291 Brock St., Kingston

Ø  Previous occupation given as Teamster

o   Later noted as Mechanic

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Later posted to the Transport Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Mar 31, 1915

The Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 17, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 8, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 20, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 29, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was transferred to the “P” Wing at the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) in Rhyl pending return to Canada


Apr 18, 1919

During a medical exam in Witley, it was noted that the small finger on his right hand had been amputated 20 years earlier in Scotland.  This was not noted on his medical exam on attesting


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279726

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 235 Colborne St., Kingston, Ontario


Nov 1, 1957

Alexander Johnston died while a patient of the Veterans Pavilion, Kingston General Hospital


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