James Johnston

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Workington, Cumberland
  • Service no: 8312
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Awards: Mentioned in Dispatches
  • Regiment/Service: Border Regiment
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 26
  • Date of Death: 25.04.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Sp. Mem. 46.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Workington
  • Address: 27 Victoria St, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Alice Johnston

  • Father:

    Fisher Johnston

  • Siblings:

    1 Brother

  • Spouse:

    Mary Porteous Boyd (formally Johnston) 27 Boulevard, Rangleigh, Alexandria, Egypt.

  • Children:

More about James Johnston

KILLED AT THE DARDANELLES.

A HIGHLY-RESPECTED N.C.O.

The sad news yesterday reached Mrs Johnston, 27 Victoria Street, Dundee, that her husband, Sergeant James Johnston, 1st Battalion Border Regiment, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on 14th inst. The intimation of Sergeant Johnston’s death was contained in an official communication from the Record Office at Preston.  Mrs Johnston belongs to Dundee, but only recently returned to the city from India, where her husband had served for a considerable time.

Sergeant Johnston relinquished a responsible appointment in the military prison service to rejoin his regiment.  A native of Workington, Cumberland, he was a fine specimen of the thoroughly capable non-commissioned officer of the British Army, and was held in the highest respect by his comrades.  Two months ago he went to the Dardanelles.  Before her marriage Mrs Johnston was connected with the China Inland Mission.  A younger brother of Sergeant Johnston, who was a member of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, is a prisoner of war in Germany.

Dundee Courier 21st May 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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