George H. Johnson papers

George H. Johnson papers

Dates: bulk 1915-1918, 1915-1957

Collection includes correspondence and other various papers that give information on George H. Johnson's experience on the Western Front as a part of the 1st Canadian Tunneling Company in World War I. The correspondence is scattered, a lot of it undated, and gaps between letters are evident. The other materials include newspaper clippings, booklets, and an empty scrapbook.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Johnson, George H. (George Herman), 1891-1917
  • Call Number: MSS 7624
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged into three files: 1. George H. Johnson correspondence, 1915-1925. 2. George H. Johnson booklet and papers, circa 1917-1957. 3. George H. Johnson scrapbook, circa 1915-1918.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from George H. Johnson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7624; George H. Johnson papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7624, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Linda Hughes, wife of George H. Johnson's great nephew, in 2010.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Linda Hughes; 2010.
Subject Terms
Canada. Canadian Army; Johnson, George H. (George Herman), 1891-1917--Correspondence; Military; Politics, Government, and Law; World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, Canadian
Genre / Form
Letters; Printed ephemera; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.
Appraisal Information
19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts. George H. Johnson was Canadian and fought in the Canadian Army.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Johnson (George H.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by John Murphy, curator, and Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:15-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George H. Johnson (1891-1917) was a farmer from Saskatchewan, Canada. He served in the Canadian Army in the First World War.

George Herman Johnson was born on June 27, 1891 to John A. Johnson and Mary Johnson in Willow Lake, South Dakota, and was raised in Halbrite, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a farmer by trade and never married. At age 24, on August 17, 1915, he began service in the First World War in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force as an engineer in the 1st Tunneling Company. Tunneling was a variation of siege warfare used in trenches, and included tunneling under enemy lines, placing explosives, and blowing up enemy trenches. It emerged as a necessary offensive and defensive practice in World War I by the end of 1914. By March of 1916, Canadian tunneling companies, which included George H. Johnson, arrived on the Ypres front in Belgium. On October 27, 1917, George H. Johnson was killed by shell fire while working on a tunnel. He was buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery in Reninghelst, Belgium.

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