JOHNSON (JOHNSTON), William Wilbur

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Guelph, Ontario
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
28 years 5 months
Biographical Summary

RANK:                                Acting Bombardier
DIVISIONAL UNIT:         1st Canadian Infantry Division
                                             2nd Infantry Brigade
                                             2nd Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
SERVICE NO:                   322992
RESIDENCE:                    Wingham – Ontario 
DATE OF BIRTH:            August 25, 1889
                                             Clinton, Goderich Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH:           January 29, 1918                  28 years     5 months
CEMETERY:                     Bath (Locksbrook) Cemetery – Bath –
                                             Somerset – England
                                             C.     D.     205
PARENTS:                         Mr. John &Barbara Johnson - Wingham
Occupation:                        Saddler                                 Religion:     Methodist
Enlistment:                         April 16, 1916 – Guelph into 14th Howitzer Brigade of 55th Battery – Canadian Field 
Enlistment Age:                 26 years     8 months

This man arrived in England on May 5, 1916.
He was posted to 2nd Brigade of Canadian Field Artillery on May 31, 1916.
On January 31, 1917, he was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance with Bronchitis and influenza, and then rejoins his unit on February 7, 1917. On November 30, 1917 he is jaundiced and is admitted to No. 51 Casualty Clearing Station. Then on December 13, 1917 he is moved and admitted to No. 83 General Hospital.
He is invalided to England on December 20, 1917 – the diagnosis is cirrhosis of the liver. Acting Bombardier Johnson was then admitted to the Bath War Hospital and was reported seriously ill on December 21, 1917. Then on January 29, 1918 he sucuumbed to his illness.
He had been involved in very heavy fighting from spending two years in France. He was involved in the Battle of Mont Sorrel, the Battle of Flers – Courcelette, the Battle of Thiepval, the Battle of Le Transloy, the Battle of Ancre Heights, The Battle of Vimy Ridge, the attack upon La Coulette, the Battle of Arleux, the Third Battle of the Scarpe, Hill 70 and the Second Battle of Passchendaele.