John was born on May 16 1923 in Woodmore Saskatchewan as the son of Joseph Henderson Johnson and Ellen Johnson, of East Kildonan, Manitoba. His father served in WW 1. His sister was Margaret Emily Pearl Johnson.
He was a shipper and member of the United Church. He liked football and reading fiction, novels and western stories.
He enlisted on January 13 1943 in Winnipeg and first with the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry and he was later transferred in the UK to the Canadian Scottish Regiment.
And he went on December 2 1943 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter as reinforcement on July 3 1944 to France.
John was killed in action on Sunday July 30 age 21 in the B Coy near Caen and he was temporarily buried at Vaucelles to Colombelles and reburied on April 10 1945 in Bretteville S/Laize.
At his headstone: TOO FAR AWAY FOR SIGHT OR SPEECH BUT NOT TOO FAR FOR THOUGHTS TO REACH
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.