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Regimental number2162
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Other trainingApprentice boiler-maker at Harland Wolffe, Belfast, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Johnston 101 Kilnonen Street, Belfast Ireland
Enlistment date18 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1915
Discharge date11 September 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 1st Bn at Gallipoli, 6 August 1915. Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 12 November 1915 (diarrhoea & debility); transferred to HS 'Syria', 13 November 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 20 November 1915, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 21 November 1915. transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Ghezireh, 22 December 1915. Found guilty, 30 December 1915, of being drunk in town about 9.55 pm, 28 December: awarded 5 days confined to barracks. Rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 February 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 25 February 1916 (influenza); transferred by Hospital Train and admitted to Military Infectious Hospital, Choubra, 14 March 1916; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 March 1916 (malaria); to Ras el Tin Convalescent Depot, 23 March 1916; discharged to duty, 10 April 1916. Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 20 April 1916 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 5 May 1916; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 12 May 1916 (deafness). Invalided to Australia for discharge: commenced return from Suez on board 'Port Sydney', 24 June 1916; disembarked Sydney, 22 July 1916; discharged, 11 September 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Subsequently (1967) lived in Southampton, England.
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNSTON Edward

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