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Octavius Ralph Featherston Johnston

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  • Title
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    Octavius Ralph Featherston AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnston AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • War
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    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Son of Sir Charles John and Lady Alice Margaret Johnston (née Featherston), of 12 Hobson Street, Wellington.

    Brother-in-law of Major William Fitzgerald Levin, who died of wounds on 25 December 1915, at Alexandria.

    "Obtained a commission in the 4th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, being in England at the time war broke out. He went over to France in October, 1914, and after twelve months, the greater portion of which was spent in the Ypres Salient, he got his promotion. He was killed in the early stages of the great Somme offensive, July 2nd, 1916, after being previously wounded at Hooge. All the officers in his company were wiped out in the engagement, and only 40 unwounded men remained. They behaved with extraordinary gallantry, and it was due to their courage in pushing on, and tenacity in holding what had been already won that the way was paved for subsequent successes." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1917 AWMM
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    Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France AWMM IV.K. AWMM
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