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Staunton Hope JOHNSTON

Regimental number1624
Date of birth--/11/1887
Place of birthWindsor, New South Wales
Other NamesJOHNSTON, Stanton Hope
SchoolPublic School, Windsor, New South Wales
AddressWindsor, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Johnston, Windsor, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 7th Australian Light Horse for 9 months.
Enlistment date12 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentTrooper
Unit nameAustralian Remount Unit 2, Squadron 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number28/3/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAIF Canteens
FateDied of accidental injuries 11 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialJerusalem War Cemetery (Row V, Grave No. 35), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Ebenezer Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: James Bligh and Eliza JOHNSTON, Spring Hill, Windsor, New South Wales
Other details

War service: enlisted Holsworthy, New South Wales.

Transferred to AIF Canteens, Moascar, 3 November 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 18 July 1917.

Admitted to 65th Casualty Clearing Station, Jerusalem, 10 May 1918 (accidental injuries, dangerously ill); died of injuries, 11 May 1918.

Court of Enquiry, 20 May 1918, found that he 'died as a result of the accident which happened in the performance of military duties, the accident being due to the following cause: failure of the brakes due to the faulty Cotter pin in foot brake.' Court also recorded its view that the Cotter Pins in Ford cars 'were not strong enough in cases of emergency'. Witnesses told how the car in which Johnston was travelling between Jericho and Jerusalem went over an embankment to avoid another vehicle, and its brakes failed.

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

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