James Hogarth Johnston was born in Cecil, Augher on the 22nd December 1886. He was the son of Patrick and Susan Elliot Johnston. The 1901 census records James as 14 years old. He was still at school. His father was a farmer who was originally from Tralee. His mother was from Scotland. The family was living at Knockmary, Cecil, Tyrone. The 1911 census shows James to be 25 years old. He was working on his fatherís farm. James Hogarth Johnston emigrated to Canada. He worked as a carpenter. James H Johnston enlisted on 23rd September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. He was not married. He was 5'10" tall. He gave his next of kin as his father, who was now living at Broomhill, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. Private James Hogarth Johnston was serving with "G" company, 16th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). when he died on 23rd April 1915, age 28.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.