Private Charles Ewart Johnson

Biography of Private Charles Ewart Johnson

Charles Ewart Johnson was born on the 19th July 1894 in Kilmarnock to Andrew and Catherine Johnson of Auchindennan, Arden. Charles’s father was a Chauffeur and the family lived at the Garage in Auchenkyle, Monkton, Ayrshire.

Charles was educated at Irvine Royal Academy in Ayr, where he followed the Junior Student’s Certificate course. As well as taking regular school subjects, Junior Students received training and practice in the art of teaching, and the Certificate was one of the main qualifications for entry to teacher training college. Charles gained the Junior Student’s Certificate in the summer of 1913 and matriculated at Glasgow University in session 1913-1914, where he took classes in Mathematics and Latin. He was then aged 19 and lodging with a Mrs Rodger at 241 Byres Road.

In session 1914-1915, Charles took University classes in English and History. He also enrolled concurrently at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, forerunner of Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde, for a three-year course of teacher training. Had he finished his combined studies, Charles would have obtained two qualifications: an Arts degree, and the Teacher’s General Certificate, which entitled the holder to teach in primary schools. However, he withdrew on the 11th August 1915 to take up munitions work for the war effort, moving into lodgings at 173 Eldon Street, Greenock.

Charles subsequently served as a Private with the 10th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (service number S/20779). He was killed in action in France on the 10th August 1918, aged 23, and survived by his wife, Winifred Dorothy Linden Johnson of 22 Binnie Street, Gourock, Renfrewshire.

Private Charles Ewart Johnson is remembered with Honour on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial and on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers.

Summary

Private Charles Ewart Johnson
Rank: Private
Regiment: 10th Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action in France 10 August 1918
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/109

Sources

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing additional information from the University of Strathclyde student records.

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