Category Archives: Johnstone

ANZAC Day 2016

Following on from my ANZAC day posts in 2014 and 2015 I have found additional family members who fought in various 20th Century wars.  As always I’d love to hear from anyone who is related, interested, connected, has more information or photos.  Unfortunately this post is lacking in images.

Emil Lyell Joseph Austin

Emil was the husband of Vera Selina Stokes, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Ann Sims and William Henry Thomas Stokes.  This is on the Boyd side of the family.  Emil was the son of James Henry and Lucy Austin.  He joined up on 21 May 1918 in Adelaide, South Australia long before he married Vera.  Although he only made training camp at Mitcham he managed several late and absent charges.  The war ended before he was sent overseas.

Robert Stanley Barnicott

Robert was on the Baldwin side of the family, through Maria Roberts.  He was the son of Catherine Casbard and Walter Nicholas Barnicott.  He married Cassandra Tovee in 1914.  He enlisted on September 6, 1914 at Tower Hamlets, London in the navy.  He was initially on the President II and then the Dacdalus at Dunkirk.  He was a machine ruler when he enlisted.

Edward Ethelbert Nelson Bertram

Again on the Baldwin / Roberts side of the family Edward was the son of Eliza Ann Dartnall and Edward Ethelbert Bertram.  He was married to Ethel Annie Beddoes in Stourbridge, England in 1903.  He enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on June 20, 1916.  He said that he had previously been in the Australian Light Horse.  He was a mining engineer.

Percy Victor Bertram

Percy, brother to Edward, also enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.  He joined up a week later and said that he had been born in Melbourne, Australia whereas he appears to have been born in Cambridge, England.  He also that he had previously served in the Australian Light Horse.  He married Edith Armfield in 1904 in Kensington, England.

Henry George Eyre

Henry was born in 1889 in London, the son of William James Eyre and Charlotte Seals.  This is again on the Baldwin / Roberts side of the family as Henry’s grandmother was Mary Roberts (sister to Maria) who married Henry Eyre.  Henry married Florence Caroline Dowsett in 1914.  He was a munitions worked when he enlisted on December 11, 1915.  He was a signaller at HQ 84 Brigade, R.G.A.

John Frederick Fiedler

John joined up as John Frederick Fielder and although initially saying he was Lutheran on his attestation papers, this was crossed off and replaced with Church of England, probably trying to play down his German background which was two generations away.  He was the son of John Augustus Fiedler and Selina Stothers and was born in North Fitzroy in 1891.  He enlisted in the 46th battalion on January 17, 1916.  He was a metal worker.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the head in 1917 but survived.

Henry Angelo Hallpike

Also on the Baldwin / Roberts side of the family Henry was the son of Jamie Maria Dartnall and Vincent Henry Hallpike.  Henry had married Alice Maud Middleton in 1912 in Kennington, Surrey.  He enlisted on 26 June 1916 in the navy and was on the same two ships as his cousin Robert Barnicott.

Albert Johnstone

On the Collier side of the family, Albert was the son of Andrew Alexander Johnstone and Annie Hood.  He was born in 1878 in Pleasant Creek,Victoria and enlisted on February 2, 1915 at Box Hill and assigned to the 21st Battalion and sent to Gallipoli.  He was invalided back to Australia in March 1916 after a few bouts of influenza, heat stroke then defective eyes.

Godfrey Gleeson Johnstone

On the same side of the family Godfrey was born in New Zealand in 1895, the son of Robert Johnstone and Anastasia Gleeson.  He was a second Lieutenant in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Flying Corp and was killed in action on January 30, 1918.  He is remembered with honour at Merville, Community cemetery France.

Godfrey Gleeson Johnstone


John Sanders Johnstone

John was a cousin of Godfrey and son of Adam Bryden Johnstone and Margaret Fotherington Huddell.  He was also born in New Zealand but in 1888.  He was a rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Company Reinforcements H Company.  He survived the war and married Irene Elsie Clark in 1921.

Melville Johnstone

Melville was a brother of the above Godfrey and was also in the Royal Flying Corp.  He was a captain in the 27th Squadron and was killed in action on July 16, 1917.  He is remembered with honour at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.

Melville Johnstone


Norman Quail

Still on the Collier side of the family, but on the Britnell part.  Norman was the son of Emily Swan and Robert Ray Quail born in Bairnsdale in 1894.  He was a gunner on enlistment and promoted quickly to lieutenant.  He embarked on the Aeneas on 3 October 1916.  He went from the 119th Howitzer Battery, to the 4th DAC, then the 11th FAB then to France where he was gassed on 25 October 1917.  He was wounded again on 10 July 1918, rejoined his unit, then wounded again.  He was discharged 26 July 1918.  He was awarded the Military Cross on 16 September 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  “When his battery in close support of the infantry came under very severe fire at close range, he showed cool courage whilst clearing the casualties and reorganizing the team.  His timely service was of great value to the battery”.

Robert Arthur Quail

Robert was the older brother of Norman mentioned above.  Robert was born in 1888 in Bairnsdale.  He enlisted on July 10, 1915 and was in the 7th 21st Reinforcements.

Florence Elizabeth Roberts

Florence was the daughter of Robert George Roberts and Elizabeth Atkinson.  She was born in 1880 in Middleton in Teesdale district, her father was a  Wesleyan minister and the brother of Maria Roberts who married Joseph Baldwin.  She enlisted on October 3, 1915 as a nurse but resigned in October 1916 to nurse her sick sister.  She then re-enlisted and spent time in Genoa, Italy.

Arthur Welsley Roberts

Arthur was a brother to Florence mentioned above.  He was born in 1893 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.  I only have his medal card from which I know he enlisted on September 11, 1914 and was discharged on March 10, 1917.  He was in a Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment.

Robert George Roberts

Robert was brother to Florence and Arthur above.  He was born in 1882 in Blyth, Northumberland.  He was initially a Sergeant in the 12th Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment then promoted to Lieutenant.  From his medal card I know he was in Egypt in 1915.

Stanley Halford Roberts

Another brother to the above three, Florence, Arthur and Robert, Stanley was born in 1883 in Blyth, Northumberland.  When he enlisted on August 9, 1915 he was a secretary. He was a Sergeant in East Africa with the 622 Company and was a driver.

Frank Atkinson Roberts

Frank was another brother to the above four.  He was born in 1886 in Whitby, Yorkshire and enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Forces in Edmonton, Canada on January 20, 1915.  He married Muriel Lousie McLaren in Ottowa, Canada on January 27, 1922.

Claude Zimmer

Claude was born in 1894 in Geelong and was the older brother of Leo Vincent mentioned below.  Much taller than his younger brother he was a wood cutter by profession.  He enlisted at Geelong on January 26, 1916 and was assigned to the 9th Reinforcements of the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, then in mid 1917 transferred to the 37th Battalion.  He was then returned to Australia as unfit, amongst other things he had phitisis and died in Heidelberg in 1923 aged 28 years.

Leo Vincent Zimmer

Leo was the husband of Adeline Myra Johnstone.  She was the daughter of Andrew Johnstone and Nellie Lindsey.  Leo was a jockey and the son of Ernest Zimmer and Mary  Bolger.  He was born in 1901 in Geelong and enlisted on May 29, 1916 at Geelong in the 4/2nd Cyclists AIF.  He was promoted to Lt. Corporal and wounded in action in France on August 10, 1918 and invalided home to Australia.

William James Zimmer

Another brother to Claude and Leo, William was born in 1884 and married Catherine Mary Stratton in 1913.  He joined the 29th Battalion B Company on July 12, 1915.  He was a labourer.  He was transferred to the 32nd Battalion on August 12, 1918.


Keith Desmond Collier

Keith was the son of Harold James Collier and Jessie Victoria Longmore and was born in 1924 in Box Hill, Victoria.  He served with the RAAF as an aircraftman.

Louis James Collier

Louis was the brother of the abovementioned Keith.  He was born in 1922 in Victoria.  He was a lance corporal in the SIGS 4 Australian Division.

Dempster, Alexander Elder

Alexander was the son of William Dempster and Ellen Mary Owen and was born at Birkenhead in 1908.  William was the son of Jessie Johnstone and John Dempster so for the family out there, the Collier – Johnstone side of the family.  Alexander was a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.  He was killed on June 23, 1941 and buried in Belfast City Cemetery.



Johnstones at the Mornington Cemetery

While down at Mornington last weekend I decided to try and find the grave of my great grandmother Nellie Johnstone’s nephew and his wife who are buried there.  They were Andrew Lindsay Johnstone, known as John and his wife Annie Muriel Hall, known as Ann.  Andrew was the son of Andrew Johnstone and Nellie Lindsay.

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Captivated by someone from the past – Dorothy Lindsay Johnstone

How does a person I’m investigating become something more than the others I am researching?  Sometimes someone gets under your skin and you want to know more.  The Johnstone family as a whole has been a bit like that for me lately.  My great-grandmothers brother Andrew has certainly captivated me and I will write about him soon.  However his daughter Dorothy Lindsay Johnstone has recently captured my interest.

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John Sjovald Hoseason Cunyngham Brown at the Singapore Archives

I’ve been in Singapore for the week and couldn’t resist doing some research.  John Sjovald Hoseason Cunyngham Brown was a grandson of John Joseph Johnstone.  He was the youngest son of Arabella Halyburton Johnstone, John Joseph’s youngest child with his second wife Amelia Barnfather nee Halyburton.  Sjovald (as he was apparently known) had a very interesting life most of which from 1930 onwards was spent in Asia.

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Andrew Johnstone’s will – John Joseph Johnstone did inherit! What happened?

Andrew Johnstone, grandfather of John Joseph Johnstone and Andrew Johnstone constructed a very interesting will.  I have now transcribed it, over six thousand words.  His will names seven trustees, his daughter-in-law Sarah Johnstone, William David Wightman Henderson Esquire of Whitecroft ( a relative ), John Henderson Esquire, advocate, James Stewart son of William Stewart Esquire of Hillside, William Laidlaw Esquire of Allanton, Alexander Wilson of the Paisley Bank Paisley and  Francis Wilson writer to the Signet. Possibly they are all related in some way to Andrew but equally possibly not.

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John Joseph Johnstone – brick wall smashed!!!

Not only have I broken down this brick wall but it has been smashed!  How can you go from not knowing much about a family to knowing so much?  It is an amazing thing.  I wrote about John Joseph Johnstone a little while ago and also about his medical connections and clergymen connections through his children.  After the Canberra Congress and the talk I attended on finding your English military prior to WWI given by Paul Milner, I revisited John Joseph Johnstone and his militia connection.  He joined the 4th Cumberland Rifle Volunteers when they were inaugurated in April 1860 as the Honorary Assistant Surgeon.  They were also known as the ‘Belted Will’.  I contacted Carlisle record office this week but they were surprised they didn’t have any information on the volunteers aside from three receipts for one gentleman, unrelated.  I then had another look at newspapers on findmypast.  I found two mentions for John Joseph in relation to the Talkin Tarn Regatta and wrestling in Brampton and who was in the crowd watching.  The first mentioned in a row, his future son-in-law Thomas Forster, him self, and Miss Johnstone.  I knew that his daughter Jessie married Thomas Forster.  In the other article listed next to John Johnstone was Andrew Johnstone, Esq., from Gibsontown.  Was this his brother?  No relationships were mentioned in either article.  Acting on the assumption that it may be his brother I investigated Andrew Johnstone of Gibsontown in Dumfriesshire, just south of Lockerbie where John Joseph was said to come from.

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Clergymen in the Johnstone family

Along with all the medical connections there are a myriad of clergyman connections through the children of John Joseph Johnstone.  His daughter Amelia Cox Johnstone married Hewley Smales Graham, a cloth manufacturer and the son of Rev Henry John Graham.  Henry was the son of Hewley Graham, a solicitor in York.  Hewley’s father was the Rev John Graham, M.A. of St Mary’s and St Saviour’s, York.  He was from Cockermouth in Cumberland and said to have been educated at St Bee’s.  His first sermon was preached at the church of Stockton on the Forest He was ordained deacon at the chapel in the palace at Bishopsthorpe in 1788, then Priest in 1790.  He was the assistant curate at Hackness with Harwood Dale with in 1790, then the curate at Barwick in Elmet in 1796, then 1796 – 1797 the curate at North street, York, then from 1796 he was the rector at St Saviours and St Mary Bishophill the Elder. He was rector of St Saviours and St Mary Bishophill the Elder for fifty years.  He was an avid supporter of church missionaries, he was one of the vice presidents of the York Association of the Church Missionary Society formed in 1814.  Much of his work aside from ministerial was in teaching.  His last work was arranging the restoration of his beloved church and had just sent out a circular for donations when he died.  A black marble monument with a white marble tablet 5 foot high and 3 foot wide was erected in the church of St Mary Bishophill the Elder.  It said ‘In memory of of the Reverend John Graham, who was 48 years Rector of this parish and of the parish of St Saviour’s.  he died the 6th day of January, in the year of our Lord 1844, in the 79th year of his age. …’  The monument was erected by the offerings of his parishioners.  It was also proposed that a similar monument be erected at St Saviours.  As the church of St Mary Bishophill the Elder (or Senior) was demolished this monument may no longer stand.

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