Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: K/18697
- Rank: Stoker 1st Class
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: H.M. Submarine E-30
- Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
- Place of Death: Lost at Sea
- Age at Death: 28
- Date of Death: 22.11.1916
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 18
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: 1 Melrose Terrace, Dundee
Jane Johnston, 1 Melrose Tce, Dundee
James Johnston, 1 Melrose Tce, Dundee
More about John Johnston
John has no known grave but is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was serving aboard H.M. Submarine E-30 which left Harwich on 15th November 1916. She sunk in the North Sea possibly due to a mine off Orford Ness. The minefield was not located until 25th November 1916.
John Johnston Royal Navy
DUNDEE NAVY MAN LOST ON ACTIVE SERVICE.
Information has been received that First Class Stoker John Johnston, second son of Mr and Mrs James Johnston, 1 Melrose Terrace, Dundee, has lost his life while on active service.
Stoker Johnston was 28. On leaving school he became a telegraph messenger at the General Post Office, Dundee, and while in the postal service he won the cup and three medals for swimming and gymnastics. Emigrating to America, he remained there for five years, and evinced a desire for a naval life. American friends advised him to join the U.S. navy, but Stoker Johnston replied, “If I sail I sail under my own flag—the Union Jack.” Returning home, he joined the British Navy, in which he had served for about four years.
Dundee Courier 19th January 1917
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information courtesy of Michael Caldwell
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