Johnston, Malcolm

Regimental Number: 154864
Rank: Sapper
Branch: 1st Canadian Pioneer Battalion; Canadian Railway Troops

Malcolm was born in Selkirk, Manitoba on February 27, 1874. As a young man, Malcolm served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles in the Boer War. After being discharged, he came to the Peace country and in 1910 settled in Spirit River. In July of 1916, Malcolm enlisted once again in the Canadian army. While invalided to England in October 1917, he married Lilly Veal Pierce of Kent. In November he was invalided to Canada. Malcolm had suffered from epilepsy since before the war; he suffered from weakness in his right arm and leg; and he had had a brain hemorrhage in France. On January 6, 1919, Malcolm died in Edmonton or Ponoka, just a few weeks after the death of his wife. His death was related to his war experience; some sources indicate that the cause was shell shock, though his service files make no mention of it.

Sources: Chepi Sepe p. 537