John Henry Johnston
aka Johnson

Apr 12, 1894

Born in Carlisle, England to Edward James and Catherine Jane (nee Middleton) Johnston


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59518 (temporary number 772)

Ø  Next of kin given as Catherine Johnston, mother, 46 Cecil St., Carlisle, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Baker

o   Later noted as Rubber Worker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 19, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company and employed as a Cook

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 1, 1915

Struck off duty as a Cook and posted to “D” Company


Apr 3, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Apr 12, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 2, 1916

While in a position west of Courcelette, France, Private Johnston received shrapnel wounds to his left leg and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing company for further assessment


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the No. 11 Stationary Hospital in Rouen where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel from his legs


Oct 6, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. George


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 22nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 6, 1916

Discharged from the No. 2 Scottish General Hospital to duty


Nov 14, 1916

Admitted to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge to continue his recovery


Nov 24, 1916

Attached to the CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical training at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jan 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jul 29, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Furunculosis (boils) on both legs


Aug 27, 1917

Discharged to duty with the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford from hospital


Nov 22, 1917

While playing a football match, he received a kick in his left leg that became sore and swollen.  He reported to the Medical Officer who applied hot compresses to the leg


Nov 28, 1917

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Infected Left Leg.  On admission blisters were noted that appeared to be from a burn caused by moist heat.


Feb 1, 1918

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Feb 11, 1918

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 24, 1918

Embarked the SS Munroe


Mar 6, 1918

Disembarked in Canada and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 6, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Bowmanville, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 36 Golden Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Dec 23, 1919

Married to Deborah Telford in Toronto, Ontario


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