Fonds MSS 582 (A2019-080) - George Johnston fonds

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George Johnston fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 582 (A2019-080)

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781 photographs
6 French- and German-language maps
22 French, Belgian, and German emergency (currency) notes
4 pieces of military insignia
1 German military belt buckle

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(1886-1973)

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George Johnston was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1886 and immigrated to Canada in 1906. In Winnipeg Johnston worked for the T. Eaton Company (1906-1908), the Canadian Pacific Railway (1908-1951), and the Searle Grain Company (1951-1961).

From 1907 to 1909 he was a member of the 90th Battalion, (Royal) Winnipeg Rifles, and was part of the unit’s contingent attending Quebec’s Tercentenary Celebrations in 1908. During the First World War he served in Europe with the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance unit from April 1916 to May 1919. After the war, he was actively involved in the 12th Field Ambulance Association (1920-1970), serving as its president in 1965; worshipped at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in St. Vital (1927-1970); belonged to the Ancient Order of Foresters; and was a member of the St. John’s Ambulance Association.

George Johnston passed away in 1973. Predeceased by his wife, he was survived by a daughter, a son, and two brothers in Ireland and England.

Custodial history

The fonds were donated by George Johnston's great-niece, Janine Johnston in 2019.

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The accession consists of George Johnston’s wartime diaries, military documents, and memorabilia; French and German maps of northern France and Belgium; irregular periodicals/newsletters published by the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance unit/association; and a large collection of photographs.

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The accession is arranged in 4 series:
1/ Biographical
2/ Maps
3/ Artefacts
4/ Photographs

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Finding aid created by Orest Martynowych (March 2020).

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