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  • Sapper Carl Victor Johnson was one of three brothers who served in the First World War. He was called up in March 1918 and he trained with the Canadian Engineers until his discharge in December 1918.

    Carl was the oldest son of Sven John Johnson and Josephine Carlson of Kenora, Ontario. Sven and Josephine both immigrated to Canada in the late 1880s, Sven from Sweden and his wife from either Sweden or Finland. They were married in 1892 in Keewatin, Ontario and they made their home in the neighbouring town of Norman (now part of Kenora). They had five children: Carl Victor (born 17 April 1893), John Walford, Arthur William (died at age one), Ida Wilhelmina and Albin William. Sven worked for the Lake of the Woods Milling Company and later the Maple Leaf Milling Company and around 1912 the family moved to Kenora.

    John Walford enlisted in 1916 and Albin William in 1917, and they both served overseas. Conscription started in Canada in the summer of 1917 and single men age 20 to 34 were required to register by November. Carl had his medical exam in Kenora on 5 October and he was called up in Winnipeg the following spring, on 11 March 1918. He listed his occupation as electrician, he was living in Kenora and next of kin was his father Sven. He was attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment. On 8 April Carl was transferred to the Canadian Engineers Training Depot and sent to St. Johns, Quebec. He served there for eight months and he was discharged on demobilization on 20 December in St. Johns.

    Carl returned to Kenora where he worked for many years as an electrician and plumber with the Maple Leaf Milling Company. He was married in Winnipeg on 20 January 1920. His wife, Lydia Helen Edlund, was born in Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1903, the daughter of Swedish immigrants Anders/Andrew Edlund and Helena Larsen. Andrew was a dairy farmer and Lydia was the second of seven children. Carl and Lydia had five children, their son William (Bill) and daughters Helen, Laura, Inez, Thelma and Shirley. Bill served overseas with a Canadian tank regiment in the Second World War.

    Carl passed away on 30 November 1942, at age 49. His funeral was held on 2 December and he’s buried in the family plot at Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Lydia died in January 1985.

    By Becky Johnson

    Johnson-Carl-Victor-90

  • Regimental Number:
  • 2381146
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Engineers
  • Battalion:
  • Canadian Engineers Training Depot
  • Place of Birth:
  • Norman, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Sven Johnson (father), Box 315, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Box 315, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • April 17, 1893
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Electrician
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • March 11, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 24
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • November 30, 1942
  • Age at Death:
  • 49
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Sapper Carl Victor Johnson was one of three brothers who served in the First World War. He was called up in March 1918 and he trained with the Canadian Engineers until his discharge in December 1918.

    Carl was the oldest son of Sven John Johnson and Josephine Carlson of Kenora, Ontario. Sven and Josephine both immigrated to Canada in the late 1880s, Sven from Sweden and his wife from either Sweden or Finland. They were married in 1892 in Keewatin, Ontario and they made their home in the neighbouring town of Norman (now part of Kenora). They had five children: Carl Victor (born 17 April 1893), John Walford, Arthur William (died at age one), Ida Wilhelmina and Albin William. Sven worked for the Lake of the Woods Milling Company and later the Maple Leaf Milling Company and around 1912 the family moved to Kenora.

    John Walford enlisted in 1916 and Albin William in 1917, and they both served overseas. Conscription started in Canada in the summer of 1917 and single men age 20 to 34 were required to register by November. Carl had his medical exam in Kenora on 5 October and he was called up in Winnipeg the following spring, on 11 March 1918. He listed his occupation as electrician, he was living in Kenora and next of kin was his father Sven. He was attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment. On 8 April Carl was transferred to the Canadian Engineers Training Depot and sent to St. Johns, Quebec. He served there for eight months and he was discharged on demobilization on 20 December in St. Johns.

    Carl returned to Kenora where he worked for many years as an electrician and plumber with the Maple Leaf Milling Company. He was married in Winnipeg on 20 January 1920. His wife, Lydia Helen Edlund, was born in Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1903, the daughter of Swedish immigrants Anders/Andrew Edlund and Helena Larsen. Andrew was a dairy farmer and Lydia was the second of seven children. Carl and Lydia had five children, their son William (Bill) and daughters Helen, Laura, Inez, Thelma and Shirley. Bill served overseas with a Canadian tank regiment in the Second World War.

    Carl passed away on 30 November 1942, at age 49. His funeral was held on 2 December and he’s buried in the family plot at Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Lydia died in January 1985.

    By Becky Johnson

    Johnson-Carl-Victor-90

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  • Johnson, Carl Victor Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 2381146
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • Canadian Engineers Training Depot
  • Place of Birth:
  • Norman, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Sven Johnson (father), Box 315, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • April 17, 1893
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Engineers
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Box 315, Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Electrician
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • March 11, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 24
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • November 30, 1942
  • Age at Death:
  • 49
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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