Kenora Great War Project

 

Personal Details
Date of BirthSeptember 8, 1878
Place of BirthBarna, Galway
CountryIreland
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinRose Johns, sister, 96 Belleview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Trade / CallingGroom
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number198004
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Age at Enlistment36
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details

Johns, Frederick Thomas

Frederick Thomas Johns was born on 8 September 1878 in Barna, Galway, Ireland. He was the son of William Johns and Ellen Glanville and had at least three brothers, Samuel, John, and Edward, and four sisters Ellen, Elizabeth, Winnie, and Rose.

Frederick enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in Dublin on 16 May 1898, occupation given as groom. He served in South Africa from 25 October 1899 until 4 February 1903 and then at ‘home’, discharged from service on 15 May 1910. It appears that Frederick married during the 3rd quarter of 1909 in Devonport where his sister Elizabeth had been living, later listed as a widower at the time of his second marriage.

According to the 1921 census, Frederick immigrated to Canada in 1913. He signed his attestation papers on 21 December 1914 in Kenora, Ontario, occupation given as groom. He gave his sister Rose Johns who was living in Toronto as next of kin. Originally with the 44th Battalion, CEF, Frederick was transferred to the 52nd Battalion in March of 1915 and appointed Sergeant on 26 April. On 3 November he was transferred to the 96th Regiment pending reorganization of the 94th Battalion and then discharged as medically unfit on the 18th.

On 17 July 1916, in Toronto, Frederick married Florence Louisa Rasberry. Born in 1875 in St Peters, Derby, England, Florence was the daughter of John and Louisa (née Burton) Rasberry. She was found on the passenger list of the Andania that arrived in Canada on 6 April 1914, listed as a returning Canadian on her way to Kenora. At the time of the marriage Frederick was working as a shipping agent. The 1921 census found Frederick, Florence, and 3 year old son Frederick living in Etobicoke, Toronto, with Frederick working as a postal clerk. At some point the family moved to Dundas where sadly Florence died on 17 February 1930. She is interred in the Grove Cemetery in Dundas. Further trace of Frederick was not found.

Two of Frederick’s brothers served during the war. John Johns enlisted in Waterford, Ireland as a Corporal with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. He was reported as killed in action on 14 October 1914. Frederick’s brother Edward, having immigrated to Canada, enlisted in Toronto in May of 1916. As a Private with the 19th Battalion Edward was killed in action on 8 August 1918. In 1922 his medals and decorations were sent to his sister Rose in Toronto and his plaque and scroll to his brother Fred in Long Branch, Toronto, Ontario. In his will Edward left property in Brantford, Ontario to his brother Frederick amongst other bequests to family. Edward is interred in the Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery.

By Judy Stockham

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