Lieutenant John Johnstone

Lieutenant John Andrew Johnstone, Royal Field Artillery and Royal Flying Corps. He was killed in France on 20th May 1915, aged 22 whilst flying and is buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery France where his Headstone is inscribed “In Proud And Loving Memory Of One Who Gave His Life For Others”. He had been born in Kingston, Surrey and was the son of Amy Octavia and the late Major James Henry L’Estrange Johnstone M.V.O. Royal Engineers of Vins Lodge, Wimbledon, London and The Hangingshaw, Yarrow, Selkirk. ( This Estate had been purchased by an ancestor in the 18th Century )He had been educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Woolwich from where he was commissioned into the Artillery in 1912. He went to France with his battery in August 1914 and at some point had joined the Royal Flying Corps where he died after falling from his aeroplane. The photographs shows examples of early R.F.C. machines. These aeroplanes were dangerous enough in themselves enough without actually having to engage in combat.

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