Corporal James Johnstone

Corporal James Johnstone, 8th ( Home Defence ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed on Active Service, aged 39, on the 8th April 1941. He had been born in Selkirk in 1902 and was the husband of Elizabeth Johnstone of 18 Goslaw Green, Selkirk. He is buried in Selkirk Cemetery where his Headstone is inscribed ” In Loving Memory Of James Killed By Enemy Action”. He had been a noted footballer and referee as well as secretary and Treasurer to Selkirk F.C. He also played in the Burgh Band. He and three comrades were killed by falling masonry in Greenlaw, Berwickshire when Townhead House was hit by a bomb dumped by a German raider which was either on its way to or back from a raid on Clydeside.

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