Johnston, John (No. D/JX 619483)

Johnston, John

Ordinary Seaman

No. D/JX 619483, Royal Navy

Died of disease on Thursday 26 June 1947 (aged 20)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 13. Grave 123)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Nephew of Able Seaman Samuel Johnston (No. 192792)

BIOGRAPHY

John Johnston was born in 1927 and he was a son of James and Mary Jane Johnston (nee Brown) who were married on 12 November 1917 in Derry Church of Ireland Cathedral.  James Johnston (aged 33), a soldier, was a son of Samuel Johnston, a bricklayer.  Mary Jane Brown (aged 28) was a daughter of James Brown, a labourer.

James Johnston’s father lived in Ballymagee Street, Bangor and James joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1904.  He was demobilised in 1913, re-joined the Colours in 1914 and was demobilised in France in 1919.

James and Mary Jane Johnston (nee Brown) lived in Newtownards at 34B South Street (later at 14 Pound Street) and they had four children:

Harold

Agnes Jane

Jim

John

Mary Jane Johnston (nee Brown) died of Bright’s Disease on 19 July 1927 when John was a baby.

John Johnston attended Castle Gardens National School, Newtownards and during the Second World War he served with the Royal Navy.

During the First World War his uncle, Able Seaman Samuel Johnston (No. 192792), also served with the Royal Navy and Samuel was killed in action on 1 November 1914.

Ordinary Seaman John Johnston (No. D/JX 619483) was 20 when he died of tuberculosis on 26 June 1947.  He was buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

AT THE GOING DOWN

OF THE SUN

AND IN THE MORNING

WE WILL REMEMBER

Ordinary Seaman John Johnston (No. D/JX 619483) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.