Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cpl. Warden Johnston - 171913 and 766232

According to his first set of attestation papers are dated August 2, 1915, at Toronto, Warden Johnston, was born October 19, 1880 in Tyrone, Ireland.  He listed his wife, Helen Johnston, Church Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was an engineer by training and indicated that he had no previous military training.  He was 34 years old and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

According to his second set of attestation papers, dated November 29, 1915 at Toronto, he was living on Church Street, Mimico.  He was 35 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a scar on the first finger of his left hand and his left shoulder and had chicken pox scars all over his body.  He would later obtain the rank of Corporal.

According to his family both he and his son William Johnston, participated in the battle of Vimy Ridge and were wounded.

According to the 1911 census he and his family emigrated to Canada in 1905.  Warden was originally from Ireland but moved to Scotland where I think he married his wife (she was from Scotland) and had their children.  He was the station master at Mimico for the railroad.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as an engineer living on the east side of Church Street, Mimico.

He lived in Mimico all his life and died on February 26, 1968.

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