19/06/1915- Completed Preliminary Medical Examination Bridgetown WA
23/06/1915- Allotted to 8th Reinforcements 11th Battalion Blackboy Hill WA as Private
2/09/1915- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Anchises ” bound for Egypt
25/09/1915- Disembarked Alexandria ex Australia to Overseas Training Base
21/10/1915- To No. 1 Training Battalion Zeitoun Egypt
12/11/1915- Transferred to 3rd Field Company Engineers Gallipoli
22/01/1916- Transferred to 2nd Field Company Engineers Tel-el-Kabir Egypt as Sapper
23/01/1916- Admitted 21st General Hospital Alexandria Egypt ( Mumps )
27/01/1916- Transferred to Convalescent Hospital Ras-el-Tin Egypt
9/02/1916- Discharged to Duty 2nd Field Company Engineers Serapeum Egypt
3/03/1916- Rejoined 2nd FCE in the field Egypt
23/03/1916- Embarked Alexandria with British Expeditionary Forces bound for Marseilles France
30/03/1916- Disembarked Marseilles
16/04/1917- Granted Leave
1/05/1917- Rejoined 2nd FCE in the field France ex Leave
15/06/1917- Appointed Lance Corporal in the field France
16/09/1917- Killed in Action Belgium.

REPORTS OF SOLDIER’S DEATH

Informant – PATON, P.S, 16628- 2nd FCE – ” In my Section. I was along side him when he was killed outright by a dud shell, striking him on the head. It was between 9.00 and 10.00 am in a trench at Chateau Wood, Ypres. He was buried quite near in a marked grave by itself. Capt. T.R.REID ( since killed ) and Sgt. Stanley HOPKINS, of same Section were present. The latter will conform”.

 

Informant – RULE, Sapper R, 14714, 2nd FCE- ” We were working in reserve lines  preparing infantry trenches  with Machine Gun  positions at Chateau Wood about 16th September.  A whizzbang burst about 200 yards away and JOHNSTON was struck by the ricochet of the nose cap. He was killed instantly. We buried him in Chateau Wood, and erected a cross. I knew JOHNSTON, he was medium height , very heavily built, fair in complexion, came from Bridgetown, Western Australia , he was a benchman in a sawmill “.

Informant – STONE, L/Cpl W A, 16635- 2nd FCE – ” I was at Chateau Wood ( Ypres )  on the 16th September. We were  making a hop out trench. A dud shell hit JOHNSTON and took his head off.  We took him out and buried him nearby. We put a rough cross over him, but I’m afraid you wouldn’t see it  after the stunt. JOHNSTON was a thick-set chap, about 5 foot 7, about 28. We used to call him ” Bill”. He was a very jolly chap “.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/15 Star – Medal No. 4883

British War Medal – No. 17996

Victory Medal – No. 17926

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 330482.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Greenbushes War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 245

Menin Gate Memorial Ieper Belgium – Panel No. 7.