No. 192792, HMS Monmouth, Royal Navy
Killed in action on Sunday 1 November 1914 (aged 32)
No known grave
Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Panel 1)
In naval records it is recorded that Able Seaman Samuel Johnston (No. 192792) was born on 14 June 1880 in Newtownards and, after he was killed, it was reported in the Press that his wife Maria was living at 4 Victoria Terrace, Donaghadee. Samuel Johnston and Maria Davidson were married on 3 January 1913 in Donaghadee Methodist Church. Samuel Johnston, a sailor from Primrose Street, Bangor was a son of Samuel Johnston, a bricklayer. Maria Brown Davidson from Edward Street, Donaghadee was a daughter of James Davidson, a fisherman.
It was also reported in the Press that Samuel Johnston had 17 years of naval experience when he was killed in action on 1 November 1914 at the Battle of Coronel in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile.
In this battle HMS Monmouth and HMS Good Hope both sank with a combined loss of some 1,570 lives. There were no survivors from either ship.
When Samuel Johnston died, his wife Maria was living at 4 Victoria Terrace, Donaghadee.