|Date of Birth||March 1, 1900|
|Place of Birth||Langruth, Manitoba|
|Next of Kin||Father, Gisli Johnson, Langruth Manitoba|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||34th Fort Garry Horse|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Address at Enlistment||Langruth, Manitoba|
|Date of Enlistment||May 6, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||18|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||March 31, 1983|
|Age at Death||83|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Bjornstjerne Benson (alias Johnson) was born in Langruth, Manitoba. He had five brothers: Ben, Chris, Karl, Bladur and Carl, and two sisters, Gudny and Margaret. His parents were Bjorn Benedictson and Sigridur Jonsdottir. He was born 01 March, 1900, and his father was a farmer.
Just after his 18th birthday, Bjorn attested with the Fort Garry Horse in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He signed as Bjornstjerne Johnson, in order not to be separated from his brother, Carl, who was adopted at age one by Gisli Johnson. This is explained in a legal affidavit attached to his military records.
His troop arrived in England on September 22, 1918 on the SS Thongwa. By October 17th he was struck off strength to the Fort Garry Horse, arriving in France on October 18th. His war duties were not long, and on June 21st, 1919, he returned to Canada.
In WWII, he served in Canada with the Veteran’s Guard from December 4th, 1942 to September 14th, 1945.
Burnie, as he was nicknamed, married Ruth Price in Plumas, Manitoba in 1925. They had three daughters, Eunice (m. Fred Mingeston), Audrey (m. Doug Craig), and Margaret (m. Cliff Eden). His sons were Oliver, Herbert, and Oscar. Burnie’s obituary mentions that he lived in McCreary, Manitoba, then Redditt, Ontario and finally Kenora, where he was well known to the Evergreen Community Club as a caretaker and skate tier.
Burnie died on 31 March 1983 in Kenora and is buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.
by Penny Beal