Sunday 24 January 2010

Private Ernest Harding Johnstone

Born on 24 September 1895 in Brockville, Ontario - son of Mrs. James O. Plunkett, Brockville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as sailor; single; no current military service; previously served with the cadets in Ottawa (two years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 4.25 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 15 February 1916 (number 639596) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 1 October 1918 - invalided to England on 10 October 1918.

Died in 1955 - buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

(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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