Private Charles Porter Johnson

This is part of a series of essays about the First World War casualties commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Massachusetts.

The Canadian Book of Remembrance showing the entry for Private Charles Porter Johnson

Charles Porter Johnson was born on 28 November 1882 at Danville, Quebec and emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1901. In 1907 he married Minnie B. Fraser (also a Canadian) who died in 1917.[1] Prior to his enlistment he worked as a bookkeeper in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He enlisted on 24 June 1918 and joined 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Quebec Regiment where he was allocated the number 3085647. While undertaking his training there, he fell ill and was admitted to the Khaki League Convalescent Home, Montreal on 30 September suffering from influenza. He died of pneumonia on 4 October 1918. He was buried in Hope Cemetery, Worcester (Section 78, Lot 8273) with his wife and infant daughter. The grave lies alongside Pilgrim Avenue on the southern side of the cemetery.

Private Charles Porter Johnson is commemorated on page 437 of the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance; that page is displayed on 18 September. His memorial plaque and scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother.

1. (Back) Minnie Bell Fraser was born in Greenhill, Nova Scotia on and died on . They were married at Concord, New Hampshire on 3 September 1907. A child was stillborn in 1910 and their daughter, Eleanor Louise, was born on 30 July and died on 7 September 1912, aged five weeks.

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