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.