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1834689   Gunner John Johnston
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Dated added: 10/01/2020   Last updated: 10/01/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 335 Battery, Royal Artillery (British Army)
Died: 09/03/1942 (Died by accident)
Age: 34
Summary      
John Johnson was the son of Walter and Mary Johnston of Liverpool. He was born about 1908. He was the husband of Mary Ann Johnston of Liverpool. In World War Two, Gunner John Johnson was serving with 335 Battery, 101 Lt. A.A. / Anti-Tank Regiment of the Royal Artillery. In March 1942, Gunner Johnston was based in Northern Ireland. On 9th March 1942, Gunner Johnston died in an Aughnacloy farmhouse as a result of head injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a van on the main Aughnacloy – Augher Road. He was 34 years old.
Further Information
John Johnson was the son of Walter and Mary Johnston of Liverpool. He was born about 1908.
John Johnston was the husband of Mary Ann Johnston of Liverpool.
In World War Two, Gunner John Johnson was serving with 335 Battery, 101 Lt. A.A. / Anti-Tank Regiment of the Royal Artillery. In March 1942, Gunner Johnston was based in Northern Ireland.
On 9th March 1942, Gunner Johnston died in an Aughnacloy farmhouse as a result of head injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a van on the main Aughnacloy – Augher Road. He was 34 years old.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 14th March 1942: Soldier Killed in Tyrone
Newspaper report
An English soldier, Lance Corporal J Johnston, died in an Aughnacloy farmhouse as a result of head injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a motor break-van driven by James McKenna of Cacanoneil, on the main Aughnacloy – Augher Road on Monday night. He was attended by Dr Pringle, but only lived an hour after the accident. McKenna was also slightly injured.
Gunner Johnston’s remains were returned home to Liverpool and he was buried in Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery.
The CWGC record Gunner John Johnson as the son of Walter and Mary Johnston of Liverpool. He was also recorded as the husband of Mary Ann Johnston of Liverpool.
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2 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Gunner John johnston's gravestone can be purchased here
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