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Andrew Archibald JOHNSTON

Regimental number3372
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressFitzroy PO, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Johnston, 49 Blenheim Street, Balaclava, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of teeth)
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Rose JOHNSTON, 66 Clarke Street, Northcote, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 7 Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transfererd to and taken on strength of 59th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 7 June 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); rejoined Bn, 11 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, head and legs), and admitted to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1450411, D.L. McPHERSON, Sister-in-charge, No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1917: '[H]e was brought in on the 20.7.16 suffering from severe Gun (sic) shot wound of Head (sic) and both legs and died the same day at 1.45 P.M. 20.7.16. He was unconscious when brought in as no particulars could be got from him as to next of kin.'

Statutory declaration from mother, 'Ypres', 66 Clarke Street, Northcote, 22 March 1921: 'His father James Johnston is alive but I am not aware of his address as I have not seern him since 1916. I had to leave him about 9 years ago owing to his failure to support myself and his family. He spends his money on drink and gambling. I do not consider that he is a fit and proper person to be in possession of my son's medals.' Base Records ruled that she should receive the medals.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNSTON Andrew Archibald
Red Cross File No 1450411

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