In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
Ships served in:
HMCS NIOBE - Served in NIOBE 06 Nov 1917 - 13 Nov 1918 as an AB, Spec. Apprentice, Stoker Apprentice., Stoker 1st class and L/Stoker, RNCVR
CD55 - Served in CD 55 14 Nov 1919 - 31 Dec 1918 as a L/Stoker, RNCVR
HMCS NIOBE - Served in NIOBE 01 Jan - 1919 - 28 Apr 1919 as a L/Stoker, RCNVR. Demobilized 28 Apr 1919
(WJ01) Service record of William D. Johnson
(WJ02) HMCS NIOBE (postcard) (WJ03) Ship's bell, builders plate on "Lion" of Canada (WJ04) Sailors splicing rope on unknown small vessel, Halifax, NS, First World War (WJ05) Unknown ship with dazzle paint scheme at anchor in Halifax Harbour during the First World War (WJ06) Cable Ship SS Lord Kelvin with dazzle paint scheme - First World War
(WJ07) Minesweeping Trawler TR1
(WJ08) SS OLYMPIA arriving at Halifax, First World War (WJ09) SS OLYMPIA, Halifax, NS, First World War (WJ10) RMS AQUITANIA with dazzle paint scheme, Halifax, NS, First World War (WJ11) RMS AQUITANIA with dazzle paint scheme, First World War
(WJ12-WJ14) Damage to houses in Halifax after the explosion (WJ15) Ox and cart in Halifax, NS, First World War (WJ17) Dominion Coal Company coaling pier, Halifax, NS. DOSCO occupied piers 25-26 and 27-28.
(WJ17) Hospital ship ARAGUAYA
HMHS ARAGUAYA - HMHS ARAGUAYA was commissioned as a hospital ship by the British Admiralty on 2 May 1917. She made one trip to Canada, in June 1917, with a Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) unit on board. Returning to England she sighted a German submarine north of Ireland. Upon arrival at Liverpool in September 1917, she was transferred to Canadian operational control and the CAMC staff previously on LETITIA took over the hospital. ARAGUAYA made nine voyages as a Canadian hospital ship before her commission was revoked on the recommendation of the British Admiralty.
HMAT ARAGUAYA - HMHS LLANDOVERY CASTLE was the 13th allied hospital ship lost due to enemy activity. As a result, most Allied hospital ships had their commissions revoked and were painted troop ship grey. They travelled in a convoy whenever possible. Their titles were changed to His Majesty’s Ambulance Transport (HMAT). After the change to ambulance transports only one ship was lost to enemy activity. HMAT ARAGUAYA made 11 voyages as an ambulance transport. Due to damage from the Halifax Explosion on 6 December 1917 and the volume of returning troops from February, 1919, the ambulance transports landed their patients at Portland, Maine.