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Trooper (later Lieutenant) Stanley Johnston

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Stanley Ernest Johnston

Ancestor's date of birth: 09/02/1875

Ancestor's date of death: 20/05/1961

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service Number: 1660

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: 3rd Battilion Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LT, Date Effective: 22/08/1917

Murray Page: 180

Contingent: Second Australian

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 01/04/1902

Memorial details: Waverly Cemetery Ashes Interred

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal 1 clasp, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A Swimming instructor prior to the Boer War. Height: 1.75 m, Weight: 82.6 kg (1915)

Reasons to go and fight: King and Country

Details of service in war: This battalion was formed the same way as the first, three sub units from New South Wales, one from Queensland and one from Tasmania. At Durban it entrained a few days afterwards for Newcastle, where it proceeded into Camp at Kitcheners Kop, in the vicinity of that town, awaiting orders to proceed to the Transvaal. Here the Queenslanders and Tasmanian squadrons joined. Upon peace being concluded, the battalion returned to Durban on the 11th July and embarked on the transport Drayton Grange the following day. They arrived in Sydney on the 11 August 1902. As in previous contingents, most of the officers NCOs and men had served before. Those who did not, were awarded the Queens Medal with one clasp.

Service and life after the Boer War: In 1915 he was living in Wollongong and single. Fought in WW1. Joined in February 1915 was a member of the 12th Light Horse at served at Gallipoli where he was promoted corporal on 9 July 1915, sergeant on 10 July 1915, commissioned 21 July 1915, promoted lieutenant 22 August 1917 and the charge at Beersheba. Returned to Australia 12 November 1917 medically unfit due to acute synovitis of the knee. Discharged he continued to work as an auctioneer.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ellen Campbell, Sans Sousei NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Daughter


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