JOHNSTON, WILSON THORBURN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Eden, Manitoba, Canada
Age
24
Parents
Son of John Johnston Eden, Manitoba, Canada and Lala Miller of Mont-Joli, Quebec, Canada
Religion
Anglican
Occupation
Fisherman
Service number
H/46051
Engagement
1940-07-04
Disembarked
1944-07-23, France
Date of death
1944-09-19
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lake Superior Regiment (Motor), R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row C | Grave 1

"HE SLEEPS IN PEACE AND AWAITS US ALL RESTING WHERE NO SHADOWS FALL"

Military grave
Additional info

Awarded One Good Conduct Badge on July 4, 1942.

Confirmed to the rank of Corporal on July 22, 1942.

Overseas to UK on August 22, 1942.

To be A/Sgt on August 11, 1944.

At 1430 hrs, 20 Sep 44, I was in the C.P. 50 yards East of the main road M.R. 126038 (Ketterijstraat, along the canal-Vaart) sheet 21. At that time Sgt. Johnston left in company with the Engineer Officer to recce a bridging site. They informed me that they intended to follow the main road to the canal and recce the area immediately surrounding the bridge which had been blown. Cpl. Lehmann spoke to them further down the road and warned them to be careful. The Officier was carrying a pistol and Sgt. Johnston a sten. We covered the main road, which was the only feasible route for their withdrawal, until 0545 hrs the following morning. Throughout this time nothing was heard from them, and there was no visible movement along the road. Snipers were busy in the whole area from the C.P. to the canal as well as strong automatic fire from positions on the far bank. It was established the following morning that there were no signs of either of them in our area, right to the canal itself. (L/Cpl. De Winter - 1100 hrs)

Father served in the First World War.
Had a brother in the Army, John Garfield Johnston.

JOHNSTON, WILSON THORBURN
Adrienne Posman and Rosanne Schelstraete laying flowers on all Saints Day 1945, Adegem War Cemetery.