Johnson Paudash

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Johnson Paudash
Born 29 January 1875
Hiawatha Ontario
Died 26 October 1959(1959-10-26) (aged 84)
Buried Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay, Ontario
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1914–1918
Rank Lance Corporal
Service number 59779
Unit 21st Battalion (Eastern Ontario), CEF
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Military Medal
Relations Florence Paudash (wife)

Lance Corporal Johnson Paudash MM (29 January 1875 – 26 October 1959) was an acclaimed Canadian sniper during the First World War.


Paudash, an Ojibwa native, joined the 21st Battalion (Eastern Ontario), CEF on 11 November 1914 at Kingston, Ontario (his younger brother, George Paudash, 24, also enlisted at the same time). After training he embarked aboard the SS Metagama on 6 May 1915 and sailed to Great Britain. In July 1915 he was promoted to lance corporal and in mid-September of the same year arrived in France. On the 22 September, whilst fighting at Messines, Paudash was shot in the right leg. After recuperating from this wound, Paudash rejoined his unit south of Ypres in Belgium. It was here that Paudash showed the skills required to be a sniper.

Post war[edit]

Paudash became a civil servant and fought the land boundaries of native treaties.[1]