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Cyril Derwent JOHNSTON

Regimental number1789
Place of birthNorth Carlton, Victoria
SchoolMosman Public School, Sydney Technical College, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Alabama', Stanley Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMrs E T Johnston, 'Alabama', Stanley Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Discharge date30 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 June 1915. Admitted to A. & NZ Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 14 August 1915 (septic finger); discharged for active service, 9 November 1915. Taken on strength, 20th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 December 1917 (septic finger); transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 14 December 1917; discharged to duty, 26 December 1917.

On leave to England, 5 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 January 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 21 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 November 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 26 November 1918.

Marched out for return to Australia, 10 January 1919; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 16 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Warwickshire', 5 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 31 May 1919; discharged, Sydney, 30 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 November 1977
Place of burialBeresfield Crematorium, Newcastle, New South Wales

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