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William Edward Johnstone

NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions

NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnstone AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/2020 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 May 1895 AWMM Isla BankSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 11 February 1915 AWMM Isla Bank, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R. Johnstone (mother), Isla Bank, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • Somme AWMM
    • Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/2020 AWMM
  • Military service
    New Zealand Defence Forces, Eighth Southland Regiment AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 February 1915 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand 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 feet 7.5 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Received a gunshot wound in the shoulder in an attack on Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli on 9 August 1915 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Received a gunshot wound in the thigh in France on 14 July 1916 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to No 2 NZ Field Ambulance, then transferred to No 8 Casualty Clearing Station, then sent to 35 General Hospital, Calais, France before embarking for England aboard Hospital ship "Brighton" and being admitted to 2 London General Hospital, Chelsea. He was moved to Brockenhurst later. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Received a fatal gunshot wound in the neck on 7 June 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to 77 Field Ambulance then transferred to 53 Casualty Clearing Station, 7 June 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 June 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Embarked for England on Hospital ship "St David" AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Died en route in the No 3 Ambulance Train in UK AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Johnstone was the son of Robert and Rose Elizabeth Johnstone, of Isla Bank, Southland, New Zealand.

    Promoted to Corporal on 1 April 1915

    On 20 October 1916, after his recovery period, William Johnstone returned to base camp at Etaples, France and rejoined his regiment on 8 November near Armentieres.

    "In March 1917 William was appointed temporary Lance Corporal. The attack and capture of the Messines-Wyshaete Ridge was planned for 7 June. At 12.30am all troops were in position in their trenches. The battle began with the detonation of 19 large mines under the German lines and within the hour New Zealanders had captured Messines. William Johnstone was severely injured in the process, receiving gun shot wounds to his neck and spine, resulting in paraplegia. He died on the Ambulance Train." (Church, p.64)

    "The Johnstone family suffered a double loss because the third son Robert Muir, Sergeant 23/795, 1 Battalion, 3 New Zealand Rifle Brigade, lost his life on 27 September 1918 in the Battle of the Canal du Nord (27 September-1 October). He has no known grave and is listed on the Grevillers New Zealand memorial, Pas de Calais, France." (Church, p.65) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 3, Grave 5 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Isla Bank War Memorial, Calcium Cemetery, 5 Cemetery Road, Isla Bank, Southland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • A brave boy who sadly was paralyzed from the neck down by shrapnel and passed away in transit to hospital in England. According to his mates his last words were “I’m tired - I’m going to rest now.” Passed away a year before his older brother (Robert Muir Johnstone) who was also killed in action. Two brave boys.
    Public - Daniel Riley Yang-En - Other relative - 25 April 2022



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25 April 2022Daniel Riley Yang-EnBelgrade, SerbiaOther relative
03 December 2018JulianaAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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