Monday 25 January 2010

Lieutenant Gordon Simpson Johnstone

Born on 29 October 1889 in Ottawa, Ontario - husband of Elizabeth Johnstone, Ottawa, Ontario - son of W.J. Johnstone, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as father; trade as civil servant; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 11.5 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light hair.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 March 1916 (number 246077) - [then what] - joined the 207th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario, as a Lieutenant on 24 April 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 18 November 1917 - invalided sick to England on 22 September 1918 - died of this illness on 4 November 1918 - buried in Buxton Cemetery (grave 2477), England.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gordon Simpson Johnstone was an outstanding Ottawa Canoe Club athlete. In addition to being one of the best swimmers in Canada, he was a successful paddler, the captain of one of the Ottawa Canoe Club war canoes in 1913 and 1914. He played fullback for the Ottawa Football Club when it won the Inter-Provincial Union Championship, he played baseball with the OAAC and hockey with the Cliffsides in the interprovincial union.

See "History" ONECC, 1901-1918