JOHNSTONE, Archibald

Service Number: 31671
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 10th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Cue, WA, 1900
Home Town: Queens Park, Canning, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: 31 July 1977, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery
Anglican Mon A7 0287
Memorials: Canning Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 31671, 10th Field Artillery Brigade
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 31671, 10th Field Artillery Brigade , RMS Orontes, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Archibald Johnstone, lived with his parents in George Street, Queens Park, Perth. He was a bugler and at just 16 is one of the youngest lads featured here enlisting with his parents’ permission in June 1916. Assigned to the 38th Battery of the 10th Field Artillery Brigade as a driver, he went to Melbourne for further training and from there to England in February 1917. He reached the front in June, still aged only 17. He served throughout the rest of the war with the Field Artillery - safely but not unscathed. In February 1919, three months after the war ended he was admitted to hospital with debility, often a euphemism for shell shock and returned to Western Australia on 3 May aged 19. In 1938 Archibald (then 38) married Edna Tanner (26). They lived in Fremantle and Archibald worked variously as a general labourer and furnace man. He died in 1977 aged 77. Edna having predeceased him in 1960. Archibald’s mother, Laura, was a well known comic actress and dancer under her maiden name Laura South and was the daughter of another famous Australian stage actress. Archibald’s father William had died in April 1918.