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   2nd Lieutenant John Ernest Johnston
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 20/06/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/04/1888
Died: 10/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
John E Johnston was the son of David Johnston J.P. Herbert was born in County Tyrone (probably Roughan, near Newmills) on 18th April 1888. In 1911 John Edwin Johnston was a student at Queen’s University, Belfast. The family lived at Grace Hall in Lurgan. 2nd Lieutenant John E Johnston was serving with the 4th Battalion attending the 10th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment when he died on 10th July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 7B
CWGC Casualty 796416
Summary      
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Queens University Belfast
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1 1901 Census lists Johnston family Does not list John as living with the family at house 5 in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, Down
2 1911 Census lists Johnston family Lists John 'Ernest' as age 22 living with the family at house 1 in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, Down
3 Corporal Herbert C Johnston Brother of John E Johnston
4 Facebook - Great War Ulster Newspapers Archive Photo of Lieutenant J E Johnston
5 Ireland Memorial Record Lists John Ernest Johnston, South Staffordshire Regiment
6 Lurgan College War Memorial List's a 'James Edwin' Johnston, South Staffordshire Regiment. Includes dob
7 Lurgan Mail Lists Johnston brothers.
8 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
9 Queens Univ. Book of Remembrance 1952 Lists John Edwin as South Staffordshire Regiment, Faculty of Arts 1909-11
10 Ulster War Memorials - Queens University Lists John 'Edwin' Johnston, South Staffordshire Regiment,
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021