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Ernest Richard Johnston

Portrait, WW1, Ernest Richard Johnston, in uniform 1917 (photo provided by family 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, WW1, Ernest Richard Johnston, in uniform 1917 (photo provided by family 2008) - No known c …


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


Wars and conflicts

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

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 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

Last known rank

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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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About death

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



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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