Sgt
George Makepiece Johnston

Informations sur naissance

Année de naissance:
1889
Lieu de naissance:
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

Informations générales

Dernière résidence connue:
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Profession:
Ferblantier
Religion:
Baptist

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Australia
Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Sergeant
Numéro de service:
3876
Incorporation date:
17/07/1915
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Unités:
 —  Australian Infantry, 5th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
04/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Retaliation Farm, Zonnebeke, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
28

Cimetière

Aeroplane Cemetery
Parcelle: III
Rangée: B
Tombe: 22

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 4

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Dernière résidence connue
#3 Lieu d'enrôlement
#4 "Lieu de décès"

Mon histoire

George Makepiece Johnston, a former tinsmith, was born in June 1889 in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of William and Maria Johnston, and was the brother of Frederich, Ivy Alma, Alice Maud, Leslie Stewart and Isabella Emily Johnston. On July 17, 1915 he enlisted in Melbourne and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on November 23, 1915, with the 12th reinforcement of the 5th Battalion, part of the 2nd Australian Brigade of the 1st Australian Division. He was promoted to Sergeant on September 29, 1917.

On the 4th of October, the Battle of Broodseinde was fought. The 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade carried out a mission, with the goal to capture the positions of the enemy as far as the Line Celtic (D.29.d.40.45. to D.29.b.10.60.). The objectives were the red and blue line. The 8th Bn. A.I.F. had to get to the red line, the 6th and 7th Bn. A.I.F. had to reach the blue line. The 5th Bn. A.I.F. was in reserve. At midnight on the night of October 3 and 4, the locations of the various units were as followed: the Brigade headquarters were located at Westhoek Ridge (J1.d.75.10), the 5th Bn. A.I.F. was positioned at the Front Line, with headquarters at J.7.b.6.5., the 6th Bn. A.I.F. was located at Westhoek Ridge, with headquarters at J.7.b.6.8., the 7th Bn. A.I.F. found itself at Westhoek Ridge, with headquarters at J.7.b.5.5. and the 8th Bn. A.I.F. was positioned at Anzac Ridge with headquarters at J.9.a.6.5. The 8th Bn. A.I.F. reached the red line at 6.30 a.m. and advanced 100 yards beyond, to a position of better command and out of the enemy’s barrage, just behind and parallel to the Becelaere-Broodseinde Road, with points of the line touching the road. A hostile Battery was in position on this road just in front of the Line, but they were captured. The red line was consolidated by 7.30 a.m. The blue line was also captured and consolidated. Throughout the day and during the following night, the enemy’s shelling continued to be very severe over the whole captured area, on the old front line and in the valley rear thereof.

George Makepiece, aged 28, was killed in action on October 4, 1917. He, together with several other, was killed during the attack by a shell, according to his Missing and Wounded Files. Sergeant Johnston was initially buried where he fell, south of Retaliation Farm, Zonnebeke (28.D.28.d.00.00). His remains were exhumed and interred at Aeroplane Cemetery, Plot 3, Row B, Grave 22.

Sources 5

2nd Brigade Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/2/30).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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5th Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 23/22/32).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1064166).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
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Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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