WW1 – Casualty Record


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WW1 Casualty Record

First Name
Herbert Augustus
Last Name
Johnston
Rank/Title
2nd Lt
Regiment
1st Sqdn Royal Flying Corps
Service No
29457
Date of Death
March 4, 1916
Notes
Aged 24 Son of Dr H.M. Johnston and Millicent Agnes Blennerhassett Johnston, Stranorlar
Buried/Memorial
Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres - Nord, France, IX.F. 29
Notes/History

Second Lieutenant Herbert Augustus Johnston, Royal Flying Corps, youngest son of Dr. H. M. Johnston, J.P., Stranorlar, was killed in action in France.

Before joining the Air Service Lieut. Johnston had served for twelve months in Kitchener’s Army. He had given up a very lucrative position on the outbreak of the war to join the colours.

He was a very clever electrician, and had been sent all over the world in connection with the erection of wireless installations. He was educated at Trinity College. Dublin, and was a rifle shot of exceptional skill.

He was on leave and took a trip up to the front to visit a fellow officer. Unluckily, whilst there, the trench he was in was hit by shellfire and he was killed.

He had joined the RFC in August 1915 and  gained his flying certificate (891) at the Central a Flying School, Upavon on 18 January 1916, before being posted to 1 Squadron.

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