Johnston, George (1896-1973)

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1896-1973

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George Johnston (1896-1973) was born in County Tipperary, Ireland on February 1, 1886 and immigrated to Canada in 1906. He was married to Elizabeth Ellen Thompson and had two children: Helen Frances Mensch (nee Johnston) and George Henry Johnston. Johnston worked for the T. Eaton Company for two years. He also worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Winnipeg for 43 years from 1908 to 1951. Afterwards, he worked for the Searle Grain Company for tens years from 1951 until 1961.
Johnston was a member of the 90th Battalion Royal Winnipeg Rifles from 1907-1909 and was a member of that unit’s contingent that was sent to Quebec’s Tercentenary celebration in 1908. During the the First World War, Johnston served with the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance from April 1916 to May 1919. Johnston was actively involved in the 12th Field Ambulance Association from 1920 to 1970, as he attended all of the association’s annual meetings and served as its president in 1965.
Johnston worshiped at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in St. Vital, and served on the vestry from 1936 until 1970. Johnston also belonged to the Ancient Order of Foresters for 57 years and was a member of the St. John’s Ambulance Association for many years.
Johnston died on May 8, 1973 at the age of 87.

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