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William Wallace Stewart * JOHNSTON

Date of birth21 December 1887
Other NamesJOHNSTON, William Wallace Stewart~
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressToorak, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, W E Johnston, Melbourne Club, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date15 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameStaff for No.1 Hospital Ship 'Karoola'
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/104/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Karoola on 14 July 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 18 December 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 20 May 1916
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 27 May 1916
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 10 August 1916
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 19 August 1916
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 9 December 1916
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 25 April 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board No1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 10 September 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 12 September 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 23 January 1918
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 23 March 1918
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 12 June 1918
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 18 September 1918
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board No 1 Hospital Ship Karoola on 26 February 1919
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Karoola on 14 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Promotions

Captain


Unit: MED INF12
Promotion date: 14 July 1915

Major


Unit: MED INF12 MO (Wounded)
Promotion date: 24 August 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 28 September 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be William Wallace Johnston on NR
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While the enemy were shelling very heavily the positions where assaulting troops were assembled, he went out into the open with an absolute disregard of personal danger and attended to the wounded where they lay. After the attack was launched he continued to work for several hours under a very heavy enemy barrage until severely wounded. On many previous occasions his fearlessness and devotion to duty while acting as regimental M.O. have been most conspicuous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantryand devotion to duty during operations. When his battalion was relieved, he stayed behind to tend the wounded, and then went forward through a heavy enemy barrage and dressed a wounded officer and several other men in the front trench. He also tended others while returning under fire.'

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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