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Charles James Johnstone

In memory of:

Corporal Charles James Johnstone

May 1, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

C/30759

Age:

36

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Canadian Provost Corps

Additional Information


Born:

August 11, 1904
Bexhill, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

March 3, 1941
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of Freda Prince, of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Husband of Helene Agnes Johnstone, of Regina, Saskatchewan. He worked with the Robert Simpson Co. and later the Ford Motor Co. He was also an active scoutmaster.

Johnstone was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and he served at a number of detachments in the Arctic. He became a reinforcement for No. 1 Provost Company during the Second World War. He was the first member of the Provost Company to die during the Second World War.

Commemorated on Page 34 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Commemorated on Page 68 of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Honour Roll Book.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 14.

Location:

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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