Thursday, November 7, 2013

30 Days of Remembrance - Day 10- Bernard Henry Johnson

In memory of
Bernard Henry Johnson
who died on November 7, 1917 

Military Service:

Service Number: 204516
Age: 23
Force: Army
Unit: Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Division: 15th Bn. No. 1 Coy.

Additional Information:

Son of Charles Joseph and Annie Elizabeth Johnson, of Battleford, Saskatchewan.
Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY, Belgium
Grave Reference: XXXII. A. 8.
Commemorated on Page 263 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Bernard Henry Johnson was born around 1894 in the heart of the Saskatchewan prairies. Searching for a birth record gave a link to the Genealogy Index page on the eHealth Saskatchewan site, a database that I was not familiar with. I was able to find a record for BERNARD ALOYSIUS HENRY JOHNSON, born March 10 1894 to Charles Joseph Johnson and Annie Elizabeth Webb.

His attestation papers show that like his father, Bernard was a farmer. 

Although Bernard joined the Canadian Force on March 20, 1916, shortly after his 22nd birthday, he is still listed on the 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta with his parents and six younger siblings. 

Although several of Bernard's brothers were old enough to enlist (or eventually be drafted), I can find no records that any of his brothers served with the Canadian Military.

Bernard Johnson was killed in action and buried 5 1/2 miles North East of Ypres, Belgium. According to his Circumstances of Casualty record:

While in his dugout near Passchendaele, having just returned from carrying out wounded, he was instantly killed when an enemy shell made a direct hit on the dugout.

Bernard Henry Johnson died Nov 7, 1917

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