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Fred Louis Johnston   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 17th Reserve Battalion Regimental Number: 3180118 Rank: Private Date of Birth: June 24, 1897 Place of Birth: Lower East Pubnico, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: February 11, 1918 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Lower East Pubnico, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 Feet 6 Inches Trade: Fisherman Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Father) Thomas Johnston    Fred was the son of Thomas H. and Georgina Johnston, of Lower East Pubnico, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. He was with the 17th Reserve Battalion in England when he became seriously ill on October 14, 1918 with bronchitis and the condition turned into pneumonia.  He died October 31, 1918. Date of Death: October 31, 1918 Age at Death: 21 Cemetery: Grayshott (St. Joseph) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Hampshire, United Kingdom Plot: C. 5. From the autumn of 1915, to October 1919, a Canadian Training Centre was placed in the open country on both sides of the Portsmouth road, between the turnings to Grayshott and to Bramshot. The soldiers who died in No. 12 Canadian General Hospital, which served the camp, were buried in Bramshott Churchyard or (in case of the Roman Catholic soldiers) in the Churchyard of St. Joseph's Church, at Grayshott. The churchyard now contains the graves of 95 Canadian servicemen of the First World War.  Commemorated on Page 437 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 18 Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument; Listed as “Johnson, Alfred L.” Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 226)
    Private Fred Louis Johnston  
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