Johnston, Cadet George Robinson (2704)

Artillery and Infantry Co-operation School, RFC

George Johnston came from Lake Rowan, Victoria, and was 19 and living in East Malvern, while working as a Clerk and serving in the Essendon Rifles, when he joined the 6th Infantry Battalion in Melbourne on 19 June 1915. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915, and served at Gallipoli for two months until he was evacuated with dysentery in November. He rejoined his battalion in France, where he was wounded in April 1917. After recovery, he was transferred to the Australian Army Pay Corps until he moved to the AFC in December and commenced training as an observer in England.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Wortley Downs aerodrome on 24 March 1918 while flying in RE 8 A4493, piloted by 2Lt J L Cumming, from No 64 Training Sqn RFC, who was also killed. The Court of Enquiry determined that the pilot had either stalled while turning or fainted and fallen on the elevator control, thereby causing the RE 8 to crash.

Cdt G R Johnston is buried in Grave 34 1926 at Winchester (West Hill) Old Cemetery, Hampshire,

G.R. Johnston Photo: Scotch College - A School at War

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