Monday 18 January 2010

Acting Captain (Lieutenant) Gerald Arthur Johnson

Born on 23 May 1884 in Highgate, County Middlesex, England - son of Walter Johnson, London, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as bookkeeper; single; no current military service; previously served with Paget's Horse (two years) and the West African Frontier Force (six months); Church of England; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; grey eyes; fair hair.

Joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Ottawa, on 27 August 1914 (number 834) - landed in France with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 20 December 1915 - wounded on 2 or 10 March 1915 - invalided to England on 15 March 1915 - transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion as a Lieutenant on 14 February 1917 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 20 September 1917 - promoted to Acting Captain from 1 February to 19 April 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 4 August 1918.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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