Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Private G. Johnston - 192799

According to his attestation papers dated August 21, 1915 at Toronto, Charles Gordon Johnston on August 29, 1896 in Lothian, Scotland.  He listed his father John Johnston, Station Road, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was single, a lithographer, and was a member of the 36th Peel for 6 months and the 48th Highlanders for 4 months.  He was 18 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 3/4 inches high.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had two long scars on his right forearm, a scar on his right arm and a mole on his chin.  He was a Presbyterian.

He was a member of the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), when he was killed on April 30, 1916.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed in action at Bedford House south of Ypres.  He was the son of John Edward and Margaret Johnston, of Mimico, Ontario.

His brother David Johnston also enlisted but survived the war only to die in an accident on the way home.

courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Photo courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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