Sunday 24 January 2010

Private William John Johnston

Born on 17 September 1890 (gives 1883 in 1918 enlistment) in Enniskillen, Ireland - son of William Johnston, Trillick, Tyrone, Ireland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 1 May 1915 (number 410324) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 26 November 1916 - discharged approximately December 1917 - joined No. 4 Detachment Military Police, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 16 April 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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