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Robert Adam JOHNSTON

Regimental number483
Place of birthRochester Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressC/o Mrs Ellis, 95 Canterbury Road, Middle Park, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Christina M Johnston, C/o Mrs Elizageth Johnston, Thanet Street,Ringwood, Victoria
Enlistment date27 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCQMS
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 7 October 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Cross

'For gallant leadership during the operations near Bony from 29th September to 2nd October 1918. As patrol commander he carried out a reconnaissance under heavy machine gun, which enabled the battalion line to be advanced without loss. Later, when again in command of a patrol, he made a successful reconnaissance along his company front, then entering and passing through Bony, he pushed onto the main Hindenburg line, engaging and inflicting casualties on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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