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Johnstone, D B

Bailleul Communal Cemetery & Extension

Bailleul Communal Cemetery & Extension

Son of Andrew & Louisa Johnstone of Blair-Atholl, Havre des Pas, St Helier, Jersey

Killed in action, aged 22 years


Donald Bruce Johnstone

(Pictures courtesy of Mike & Rosemarie Thomas)

Bandsman Donald Bruce Johnstone
1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment

(courtesy of Ken Johnstone)

1914-15 Star

Commemorated on Halkett Place Primary School Memorial, Jersey
and on Old Boys of St James' Boys Brigade Memorial, Jersey

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 16 July 1915

Popular Jersey Soldier Killed. We regret to state that Bandsman Donald Bruce Johnstone of 1st East Surrey Regiment son of Mr & Mrs A Johnstone of 27 Halkett Place has been killed in action. This popular young soldier who joined the Army some 8 years ago had been at the Front since the outbreak of war he, with other members of the band, acting as stretcher bearers a duty which is even more dangerous than in the trenches. The parents who we feel sure have the sympathy of all Islanders have received several letters from their son's comrades regretting his death, one of them, Sergeant Edwards, states that the lad, who was only 22 years of age, died in hospital 5 hours after being wounded he adds "he always did his duty as a soldier and was trusted and respected by everyone. He died without complaining and all ranks have the deepest admiration of his splendid pluck". To Mr & Mrs Johnstone, who have another son in the Canadian contingent, we beg to offer our sincere sympathy in their bereavement.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record