William Johnston

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: 22.06.1916
  • Place of enlistment: Ayr
  • Service no: 24577
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Unit/Ship: 12th Ayr and Lanark Yeomanry Battalion
  • Place of Death: Egypt
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 10/11/1917
  • Burial Country: Egypt
  • Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: E.270

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Stanley, Perthshire
  • Address: 53 Taylor's Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation: Apprentice Architect, Messers John Bruce & Son, Whitehall Street, Dundee.
  • Mother:

    Jane Ann Burnett, Craig Pier House, Dundee

  • Father:

    William Johnston, Craig Pier House, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William Johnston

William Johnston enlisted in Ayr on 22nd June 1916 although, at this time, he was working in Dundee. He was 18 years, 125 days when he listed and his military records show he was 5ft 8.25″ and had a scar on his cheek. Prior to enlisting he was an Apprentice Architect with Messers John Bruce and Sons, based in Whitehall Street, Dundee. His father, William Johnston, was an Inspector of Tay Ferries.

William was wounded in action on the 6th November 1917 and succumbed to his wounds a few days later on the 10th November 1917.

William Johnston   24577   Royal Scots Fusiliers

DUNDEE SIGNALLER DIES OF WOUNDS.

Signaller William Johnston, Royal Scots Fusiliers, who has died of wounds is a son of Mr and Mrs William Johnston, 53 Taylor’s Lane, Dundee.

Deceased, who was twenty-three years of age, had prior to joining the forces served his apprenticeship with Messrs John Bruce & Son, architects, Whitehall Street, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 16th November 1917

Information kindly supplied by Private Johnston’s relative, Joelle Gilbert, further information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

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