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William Francis JOHNSTON

Regimental number3396
Place of birthNorthampton, Western Australia
SchoolState School
Other trainingLabour
ReligionChurch of England
Address6 Outram Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Next of kinMother, Mrs Selina Johnston, 6 Outram Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 86th Regiment, Senior Cadets; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date16 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBelmont, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3396A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMother stated place of birth as Northampton, Western Australia; soldier stated Geraldton as place of birth on Attestation Form.
FateDied of wounds 26 April 1918
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialCrouy British Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 12), Crouy-Sur-Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Henry and Selina JOHNSTON, Broken Hill, New South Wales. Native of Northampton, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 29 January 1917l disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917; marched in to 13th Training Bn, Codford, 28 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917; joined 51st Bn, in the field, 15 July 1917.

Allotted letter 'A' to regimental number.

Wounded in action, 26 September 1917 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 1st South African Field Ambulance; transferred to 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 27 September 1917; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 19 October 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 28 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 November 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 24 April 1918 (gun shot wound, thigh); admitted to 2/3 Home Counties Field Ambulance, 25 April 1918; transferred same day to 5th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 26 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNSTON William Francis

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