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57075   Private Samuel Johnston
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 20th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/04/1887
Died: 17/09/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 29
Samuel Johnston was the son of John and Isabella Johnston. He was born in Maghera on 18th April 1887. Samuel’s mother died in June 1906 in the Maghera area. Samuel emigrated to Toronto, Canada. Samuel Johnston married Elizabeth. They had four children. Samuel was a policeman with Toronto Police Force. Samuel Johnston enlisted on 8th January 1915 in Toronto. Private Samuel Johnston was serving with the 20th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. On the morning of 16th September 1916, while on duty in support trenches near Courcelette, France, he was hit in the face by shrapnel from an enemy shell. His wound was dressed and he was taken to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers. Private Samuel Johnston died of wounds the following day on 17th September 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery
  Puchevillers, Amiens
Grave Ref: Grave IV-D-7
CWGC Casualty 511546
Puchevillers is a village on the D11 about 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens. The British Cemetery is a little west of the village. The first Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost is situated by the church in the village.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Tobermore Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Tobermore
2 Tobermore War Memorial - WW1 - Part 1 Tobermore
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Tobermore Book WW1 17
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1 1901 Census lists Johnston family 1901 census does not list Samuel as living with the family at house 11 in Drumballyhagan, Tobermore, Londonderry
2 1901 Census lists Samuel Johnston Possible 1901 census lists Samuel as age 13, a servant at house 24 in Ballinahone More, Tobermore, Londonderry
3 1911 Census lists Johnston family 1911 census does not list Samuel as living with the family at house 2 in Fallagloon, Tullykeeran, Londonderry
4 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Samuel Johnston
5 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private Samuel Johnston
6 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Samuel Johnston's death
7 Forum discussion Details of Private Samuel Johnston
8 Private Samuel Johnston Canadian Military documents (42 no.)
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023