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22761   Corporal Herbert Curry Johnston
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Herbert Curry Johnston was the youngest son of David Johnston. Herbert was born in Roughan, near Newmills, County Tyrone about 1895. The 1901 census records the family as living in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, County Down. His mother had died. The family lived at Grace Hall in Lurgan. In November 1915 Herbert joined the Cadet Corps of the 10th Royal Irish Fusiliers based at Brownlow House. Herbert Curry transferred to the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Corporal Herbert Curry Johnston was killed in action at the Battle of Langemark on 16th August 1917. He was 22 years old and died just a month after his brother, Ernest.
Further Information
Herbert Curry Johnston was the youngest son of David Johnston J.P. Herbert was born in Roughan, near Newmills, County Tyrone about 1895.
The 1901 census records the family as living in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, County Down. Herbert was 6 years old. His mother had died. David Johnston is described as a Horse Dealer and Farmer.
The 1911 census records Herbert as 16 years old. He is still at school. The family still lived in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, County Down. His father had remarried about 1901 to Martha. David Johnston is described as a Horse Dealer and Farmer.
The family lived at Grace Hall in Lurgan.
In November 1915 Herbert joined the Cadet Corps of the 10th Royal Irish Fusiliers based at Brownlow House. The previous occupants, the 16th RIR had landed a month before in France with the 36th (Ulster) Division.
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From the Belfast Newsletter dated 17th November 1915:
Mr Herbert Johnston, youngest son of Mr David Johnston, J.P., Grace Hall, has joined the cadet corps of the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers at Brownlow House, Lurgan. Two brothers, the eldest of whom came from Australia to enlist, are serving as lieutenants.
Herbert Curry transferred to the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Herbert's brother Lieutenant Ernest Johnston served with the South Staffordshire Regiment and was killed on the Somme on 10th July 1916.
His second brother David Percy Johnston served with the Royal Engineers and gained a commission as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery.
Corporal Herbert Curry Johnston was killed in action at the Battle of Langemark on 16th August 1917. He was 22 years old and died just a month after his brother, Ernest.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd August 1917:
Sergeant Herbert Curry Johnston, Royal Irish Fusiliers, youngest son of Mr David Johnston, J.P., Grace Hall, Lurgan, is missing. An elder brother, Lieutenant John Ernest Johnston, South Staffordshire Regiment, has been killed, and another brother, Corporal David P Johnston, is serving with the Royal Engineers.
Herbert C Johnston has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Roughan, Newmills Newmills born Roughan, Newmills 54.558875 -6.728368
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1 1901 Census lists Johnston family Lists Herbert C as age 6 living with the family at house 5 in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, Down
2 1911 Census lists Johnston family Lists Herbert C as age 14 living with the family at house 1 in Tullyanaghan, Magheralin, Down
3 2nd Lieut John E Johnston Brother of Herbert Johnston
4 Find A Grave Photo of Herbert Curry Johnston inscription
5 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Herbert Corry Johnston, born Roughan, County Tyrone
6 Lurgan Ancestry CWGC details of H C Johnston
7 Lurgan Mail Lists Johnston brothers.
8 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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