JOHNSON, CLARENCE LEONARD

Birthdate
Birthplace
Tribune, Saskatchewan, Canada
Age
26
Parents
Son of Leonard and Hilma Johnson of Carievale, Saskatchewan, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
L/154495
Engagement
1943-02-16
Disembarked
1944-09-10, France
Date of death
1944-09-22
Died
Killed in action, Netherlands
Force
Rank
Awards
Algonquin Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 1| Row F | Grave 8
Military grave
Additional info

Norwegian mother and Swedish father.

The Algonquin war diary reports on September 22, 1944: ...By last light with a troop of armour in support, "D" Coy consolidated around Comd Post and the carrier platoon was sent to reinforce and establish a firm base. During the battle on Officer and 15 OR's joined the Coy. They had just arrived and came right up to join the Coy. Lieutenant Byrnes leading a patrol at 1930 hrs trying to contact the forward platoon under cover of darkness was fired on by MG in the forward positions and was reported missing. The enemy counterattacked at 2000 hrs and the Coy fell back to the area of Comd Post and consolidated and beat off the attack. 

"C" Coy found themselves in the same postion for most the day with the exception of 1 platoon which went forward with "D" Coy and Engineers for the purpose of road clearing. This platoon under Lieutenant Leaver crossed the obstacle at Isabella and were subjected to intense fire in the afternoon. At this time they had 10 casualties, 2 killed, 4 wounded and 4 missing. They withdraw behind the obstacle and remained with "D" Coy until relieved at 2100 hrs by "B" Coy. They then returned to the Coy area at Bouchaute (Boekhoute), Belgium square 1903 F and B sheet 22 and 32 to which the Coy had moved in the meantime. There the Coy took up a role of counter attack force  supporting "A" Coy. They remained in this position for the balance of the night.