(Service number 7/73)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||12 March 1888||Place of Birth||Woodside, Taieri|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o W. Black, Fairlie|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Hugh JOHNSTON, Croydon Road, Waipuku, via Stratford, Taranaki|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||30 May 1915||Age||27 years|
|Place of Death||Walkers Ridge, Dardanelles, Turkey|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Canterbury Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey|
|New Zealand Memorials|
John Johnston, the older surviving son of Hugh and Helen (Ellen) (née Thompson) Johnston, was born on 12 March 1888 at Woodside, Taieri. Educated at West Taieri School, he left for work a few days before his fifteenth birthday. In 1911 he was a labourer at Otokia, on the Taieri plain, but by 1914 was a shepherd at Fairlie. He left by the train from Fairlie on 12 August 1914 with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles men from Fairlie. By 1914, his parents and siblings had moved to the Taranaki district.
John Johnston wa skilled in action on 30 May 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 27 years, and was buried in the Canterbury Cemetery at Anzac Cove.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 May 2020]; School Admission record [11 May 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [11 May 2020]
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