Tuesday 12 January 2010

Private Charles Wilburn Johns

Born on 8 February 1895 in Parry Sound, Ontario - son of Sarah Johns, Pembroke, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 6 feet 0 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 17 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410323) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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