JOHNSTONE, Anthony James
(Service number 7/71)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Geraldine
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William JOHNSTONE (father), Hawera
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Carter, farmer


Date 15 July 1959 Age 70 yrs
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 504, Plot 2
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Anthony James JOHNSTONE was the son of William JOHNSTONE of Hawera. before enlistment, Anthony was living at the Crown Hotel in Geraldine and working as a carter. He was one of the addiitional men passed and sworn in on the night of 13 August. The next moring, 14 August, they were to fall in at the Drill Shed at 9.30 and leave Timaru at 1.30 for the camp at Addington. Theye were to be photographed prior to leavining. Th Stipendary Magistrate very kindly sent a big bundle of literature and some packs of playing cards for the use of the troops and another gentleman gave magazines, all of which were appreciated. Mr T. G. Towley, dentist, was also thanked for attending to the teeth of the men, free of charge, and doing all that was possible for all those whose teeth required attention. Mr Hanson Gould, carrier offered to do any carting and on 13 August his services were requisitioned for carting fodder, etc. Anthony James probably departed (J. Johnstone) with the Mounted Men by the slow train from Timaru on 17 August 1914, amidst much excitement in the town, whilst their horses were trucked at the Smithfield siding, Waimataitai. The Mayor spoke of the pride in them and said that they were going forward with stout hearts and strong arms. "Be true lads to your King and Empire, to yourselves and your country, and put your trust in God," he said.


Cenotaph Database [13 September 2014]; headstone image Geraldine Cemetery (Timaru District Council) [13 September 2014]; NZ Electoral rolls ( [13 September 2014]; Timaru Herald, 14 August 1914, 18 August 1914 (Papers Past) [12 September 2014]

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