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Forename(s): Walter McLeod
Place of Birth: Culcheth, Lancashire
Service No: 7538
Regiment / Corps / Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion
Division: 1st Division
Date of Death: 1914-09-08
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 5.
CWGC Cemetery: SABLONNIERES NEW COMMUNAL CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
Walter McLeod Johnstone (born 24 February 1880) was the son of Henry George and Eleanor Johnstone, née Hirst. Henry was born at Sunninghill, Berkshire and Eleanor at Colne, Lancashire.
1881 Culcheth, Lancashire Census: School Lane - Walter McLeod Johnstone, aged 1 year, born Culcheth, son of Henry George and Eleanor Johnstone.
1891 Warrington, Lancashire Census: 14, Froghall Lane - Walter McLeod Johnstone, aged 11 years, born Culcheth, Lancashire, son of Henry George and Eleanor Johnstone.
1901 Warrington, Lancashire Census: 20, Froghall Lane - Walter McLeod Johnstone, aged 21 years, born Culcheth, Lancashire. Soldier in Royal Highlanders, son of Henry George and Eleanor Johnstone.
1911 Warrington, Lancashire Census: 23, Lower Wash Lane, Latchford - Walter McLeod Johnstone, aged 31 years, born Culcheth, Lancashire. Storekeeper. [Walter's mother was living with him.]
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte W.M. Johnstone, 7538, R. Highrs. Theatre of War first served in: ( - ) [France]. Date of entry therein: 13.8.14. K. in A. 8.9.14.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte W.M. Johnstone, 7538, Royal Highlanders. Date of Disembarkation: 13.8.14. Killed in action 8.9.14.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Walter McLeod Johnstone, 7538, 1st Bn Royal Highrs. Date and Place of Death: 8.9.14. In action. Place of Birth, Date of Enlistment, Trade on Enlistment: Leith 11.1.00. Clerk. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Eleanor. £6 10s. 3d. Brother - Chas. Hy. £0 10s. 1d. Sister - Jessie Campbell. £0 10s. 1d. Sister - Elizth. Nora. £0 10s. 1d. Sister - Mortina Eleanor. £0 10s. 1d. Sister - Amy Dora. £0 10s. 1d. Sister in law - Annie. £0 10s. 1d. for children of late J.H. Johnstone.
Walter is commemorated on Warrington War Memorial.
A short biography of Walter is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
JOHNSTONE, Walter Macleod, aged 35, Black Watch, son of the late Mr. H.G. Johnstone and Mrs. Johnstone, who formerly kept a school in Park Road, [Barnoldswick], also brother to Mrs. Norman Livsey and Nurse Johnstone, of Barnoldswick, killed in action Sept. 8, 1914.
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Private Walter McLeod JOHNSTONE
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division
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