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Regimental number1078
Place of birthGreenyards, Polmaise, Bannockburn, Stirling, Scotland
SchoolLarbert Public School, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Other trainingAgriculture
Age on arrival in Australia21
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Johnstone, Carylone Cottage, St. Ninian's, Sterlingshire, Scotland
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied at sea on Hospital Ship, Derflinger. "This information came from a chum. That Miller Johnstone carried a wounded Lieutenant away to a place of safety and returned back to the firing line and got severly wounded. He should have been honoured for that bravery." (Mother)
FateDied of wounds 30 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death30 April 1915
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 18), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Agnes Miller JOHNSTONE, Canylour Cottage, St. Ninians, Stirling, Scotland. Native of Polmaise, Bannockburn
Family/military connectionsA chum. Pte John McGilp number 440 B Coy, 2nd Bn A.I. Force
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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