Thomas Watt JOHNSTONE MC

JOHNSTONE, Thomas Watt

Service Numbers: 847, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 7 September 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Armadale, Victoria, 17 July 1890
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Gold Street State School, Melbourne
Occupation: Shop assistant
Died: Natural causes (heart attack/pneumonia), Concord, New South Wales, 20 June 1967, aged 76 years
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 8th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 8th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
5 Sep 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 8th Infantry Battalion
26 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 8th Infantry Battalion
9 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 8th Infantry Battalion
27 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
27 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion
24 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
9 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion

A Cobber meets the King

Lieutenant Thomas Watt Johnstone won the Military Cross in "recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field" on 9th and 11th August 1918 at Rosieres and Lihons. He was presented with his medal, at a ceremony on June 10th 1919, by King George V personally.
The local newspaper, The Leicester Daily Mercury, reported "Lieutenant Johnstone was given a special word by the King, who asked him if he were soon going back to Australia."
Thomas' response was not recorded, but seven days later he married May Wood at St Nicholas church, Leicester. Thomas and May are my grandparents.

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