Johnston, Baptist Leonard

Colonel Baptist Johnson, OBE. VD
Colonel Baptist Johnson, OBE. VD

Lieutenant-Colonel Baptist L. Johnston OBE, VD was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1886 and was a member of Cameron Loyal Orange Lodge No. 613, Toronto. He was descended from Baptist Johnston, second-in-command at the Battle of Drumbanagher, County Monaghan, Ireland in 1688.

He joined the Queens Own Rifles as a Rifleman in 1907 and enlisted for service at the outbreak of the First World War. He was a captain in the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force and was taken prisoner at the 2nd Battle of Ypres in April, 1915 and was not released until October, 1918.

He later served as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Q.O.R. 1922-1927, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, QOR of C (Reserve) 1940-1945, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 1951-1956, Honorary Colonel 1956-1958, and Colonel of the Regiment 1958-1960.

He was also an aide-de-camp to The Honorable Albert Matthews, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. From 1932-1933 he was President of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

In 1936 he was serving as a Director of Mosher Long Lac Gold Mines, Limited.

5 thoughts on “Johnston, Baptist Leonard”

  1. I have a very good original picture of Baptist when he was 17 years old as well as an original of the one posted on this site that is a bit rough around the edges. Does anyone have any ideas who might benefit from having it?


  2. Yes Col Johnston was the Queen’s Printer for the Province of Ontario an important job at the time. There were a number of QOR riflemen working there both active and retired, my father being one of them. I remember working there as a summer student one year and one of the responsibilities was cleaning his tea pot and cups first thing in the morning. Broke one of the cups while washing and had to face the consequences when he came into the office. lol He was basically treated the same as if he was the commanding officer of the Q.O.R. by all that worked in that office.


  3. As a child, I remember Col Johnston as the Queen’s Printer. My father called him Bap, and he gave us children educational materials, things like a jigsaw puzzle with every piece being a county in Ontario.


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