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William Johnston


Newspaper Photograph of Private William Johnston.

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Name: William Johnston.

Service Number: 23152.

Rank: Private.

Battalion: 14th Battalion.

Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Born: 10th January 1883.

Died: 30th April 1916

Address: 35 Cumberland Street, Belfast


William Johnston, son of William and Mary Johnston, lived at 35 Cumberland Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

The 1901 Ireland Census has William living at 35 Crosby Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, with his mother, father, occupation, Tailor, four sisters, Ellen, 13 years, Hannah, 9 years, Annie, 7 years, Mary, under 1 year, and 4 brothers, George, 16 years, Engine Fitter at Works, Alexander, 11 years, Grocers Messenger Boy, John, 5 years, and Matthew, 3 years. Williams occupation at this time is given as Engine Fitter at Works.

In 1909 William emigrated to the States.

He travelled to Valcartier, Quebec to enlist on the 23rd September 1914 for the duration of the war.

William Johnston, aged 33 years, was a Private in the 14th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) when he was Killed In Action of the 30th April 1916, while in the trenches near Zillebeke, Belgium.

A local newspaper states.

Private W Johnston, Canadian Infantry, killed, was the eldest son of Mr William Johnston, 35 Cumberland Street, Belfast. Deceased emigrated to the States in 1909, and enlisted in Quebec when war was declared.

Williams wages, 10 a Month, was sent home to his mother Mary throughout the duration of his service.

His mother received the Memorial Cross.

He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.

He is Remembered at Chester Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

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