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Kenneth JOHNSTONE

Regimental number2161
Date of birth1890
Place of birthCampbeltown, Argyllshire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationWharf labourer
AddressFranklyn Street, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.75"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Louise Johnstone, Franklyn Street, Glebe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 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 RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 2 May 1918
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialCampbeltown (Kilkerran) Cemetery (3. 453), Scotland
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
29
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Margaret JOHNSTONE; husband of Louie JOHNSTONE, 63 Hopetown Street, Camperdown, Sydney
Family/military connectionsBrother: 155850 Gunner James Black JOHNSTONE, 125th Battery, 25th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, killed in action, 31 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1915 (gun shot wound, foot, thigh and left arm); admitted to HS 'Delta', 7 August 1915; transferred to No 2 General Hospital, Gizereh, 12 August 1915; to British Red Cross Hospital, Montazah, 25 September 1915; discharged to Overseas Basde, Mustapha, 9 December 1915.

Taken on strength, 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 28 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force (date not recorded); disembarked Marseilles, France, 17 May 1916; marched into Australian Base Depot, Etaples, 3 June 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 3 June 1916; rejoined Base Depot from leave, 12 June 1916.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 12 June 1916; discharged from No 18 General Hospital, Camiers, 25 August 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 75 days.

Joined 1st Bn, in the field, 15 September 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 26 December 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 19 January 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 6 February 1917.

Admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 16 February 1917 (septic foot), and transferred to Divisional Rest Station; discharged to unit, 2 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 March 1917.

Posted to 1st Training Bn, Durrington, England, 18 July 1917.

On command, No 1 Area Gas School, Chiseldon, 4 August 1917; rejoined 1st Training Bn, 11 August 1917, having qualified as assistant instructor.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 7 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 December 1917; rejoined 1st Bn, in the field, 23 February 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 16 April 1918 (gun shot wound, buttock), and admitted to 1st Field Ambulance; transferred to 15th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 April 1918; to 23rd General Hospital, 20 April 1918; to England, 25 April 1918, and admitted to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge (wound: severe).

Died of wound received in action, and pneumonia, 2 May 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNSTONE Kenneth
Red Cross File 1450906P

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