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Regimental number726
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
SchoolState School, Brisbane, Queensland
Age on arrival in Australia12
Addressc/o J G Balsillie, Controller of Wireless, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 4.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinBrother, George Johnston, GPO, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the 'Colonial Forces'.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death44
Age at death from cemetery records44
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Peter and Elizabeth JOHNSTON; Wife: Agnes JOHNSTON, Frances Street, Lindfield, New South Wales. Native of Glasgow, Scotland
Family/military connectionsNephew: 1721 Pte William Arthur CRAMB, 7th Field Ambulance, killed in action, 26 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Found guilty, Lemnos, 31 October 1915, of urinating in the Lines: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Lemnos, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th from 6th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 10 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103, 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1450802: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNSTON William
Red Cross file 1450802

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