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Ernest Richard Johnston

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  • Service number
    WWI 12/381 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Sergeant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, WW1, Ernest Richard Johnston, in uniform 1917 (photo provided by family 2008) - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnston AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/381 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Thames, Coromandel District, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Queen Street, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Richard Johnston (father), Queen Street, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 Oct 1914 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
      Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/381 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 16 Oct 1914-3 December 1914 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 8 or HMNZT 12 AWMM
    Vessel was Star of India or Waimana AWMM
    Sergeant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
    Main Body AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Sergeant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ernest Johnston was the son of Richard and Lucy Johnston. Born at Thames.

    2nd Cousin of William Butler Smith

    A letter to his sister dated 23 April 1915 was published in the Thames Star in July 1915. Ernest describes his time in the Dardanelles fighting. After a fortnight fighting he was shot in the hand shattering bone and sinews connecting the thimb with the wrist, making a hole in the back of his hand. At the time he still had his thumb, but believed that it would be amputated. A Corporal Mills had written the letter for him.

    Ernest returned to Thames to a "heroes welcome" and the Thames Star reported the details in a story called "Hearty welcome - ". It read: "A large number of friends were at the Thames South Station last evening to welcome back Sergeant E johnston. The Fire Brigade under Superintendent Stone, were also present to welcome their fellow fireman ..." AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    29 AWMM
  • Date of death
    11 November 1919 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery name
    Tararu Public Cemetery, Thames-Coromandel District, New Zealand AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Section 130. AWMM
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