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George Ernest JOHNSTON

Regimental number387
Date of birth19 February 1893
Place of birthColac, Victoria
SchoolColac State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGravesend Street, Colac, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W H Johnston, Gravesend Street, Colac, Victoria
Previous military serviceThree years previous to the outbreak of war, he trained the senior cadets.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentColour SGT
Unit name8th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 9 May 1915


Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 20 February 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe enlisted at the outbreak of war and went into Camp Aug 1914 as a non commissioned officer he left Australia. He was promoted to Lieutenant and took command of his company at Cape Helles 26 April 1915. He went to France where he gained his promotion to Captain. He was killed in action on 23 August 1918 at St Martins Wood. Which was the last engagement in which his battalion was fighting.
FateKilled in Action 23 August 1918
Place of death or woundingSt Martin's Wood, near Proyart, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No. 12), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Colac General Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: William and Maria JOHNSTON. Photo: Ian Marr
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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