Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Biography: Son of William Johnston, blacksmith; born Hatton of Fintray, Aberdeenshire, 27 August 1893 ; student in Arts, 1913-15. Immediately on the outbreak of hostilities Johnston offered himself for service, but it was in the second year of the war that circumstances admitted of his entering the Army, and he became a Sapper, R.E., August 1915. His ardent wish was to go on active service, but an appointment as drill instructor caused another delay, and it was not till the spring of 1918, shortly after he had been commissioned in the R.E., that he reached the Front. He took part in the heavy fighting in March of that year, but his period of active service was brief. He had been only five weeks abroad when he was killed by a sniper, near Messines, Flanders, 9 April 1918— "a fearless, true-hearted son of the north".
Date of Death: 09 April 1918
Burial Details: Name recorded on Tyne Cot Memorial, Passchendaele, Panel 8, Column 1.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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