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John Herbert Johnston

Portrait, John Herbert Johnston - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, John Herbert Johnston - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnston AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    R319782 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 August 1922 AWMM SunderlandEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 7 September 1944 AWMM 38 Berhampore Flats, Adelaide Road, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs F.M. Johnston AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 18 June 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    R319782 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Waiouru Military Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 7 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Electrical engineer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Wore spectacles AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Employed by Union Steamship Company as an Electrical Engineer before enlistment.

    Three months training at Waiouru military camp on enlistment

    Saw action at the following beach heads at Normandy - Gold, Utah, Omaha, Kansas.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2003. Information on the SS Monowai : On the 21st October 1939 the Monowai of 10,852 tons was taken over and converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser (A.M.C.) and initially served in the South Pacific as convoy escort. On the 16th January 1942 she was attacked by gunfire from a Japanese submarine off Suva Fiji but escaped without damage. In February 1944 she was converted into a Landing Ship Infantry (L.S.I.) making voyages to Port Said and Italy and from there went to the Solent to be prepared for the Normandy Landings where she carried 30,000 troops across to France making a remarkable 20 voyages to the beaches. From November 1944 to March 1945 Monowai carried a further 43,000 troops between Southampton and Le Havre this was to mark the end of her trooping transport days, she spent the rest of the war repatriating prisoners of war and the return of Australian soldiers. In September 1946 she was refitted in Sydney and returned to trade January 1949 she was scrapped in Hong Kong 6th September 1960. (Source : The Monowai Moan is a poem reflecting the places the Monowai journeyed AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2006 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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