There are 2 different men with this service no, FT Johnston and EW Johnston. They had very different careers in ADRIC and certainly are two different men EW Johnson is later corrected and added as 1836 service no
He was born William Edward, but became Edward William on joining the army. His address confirms both are the same man
1894 Jan/Mar. Born Belfast.
1901 census at 295 Ormeau Rd, Belfast
1911 census at 102 Fitzroy Av, Belfast (same address on ADRIC register)
He was a cattle buyer in Argentina
1914 Nov 21. Leaves UK for Argentina. He is a Draper
1917 Jan 21. Arrives in Liverpool from Buenos Aires. He travels as "William Edward Johnson". His UK address is "Annadale Castle, Belfast". A 1907 Directory had noted that a Belfast City magistrate had moved - Johnston, James, J.P., flax merchant, from Sea View House, Shore Rd. to Annadale Castle
1917 Jan 22. Enlisted in Liverpool with Rifle Brigade. References from Lord Mayor of Belfast and Headmaster of RBAI
1917 Nov 1 Commissioned 2nd Lt in R. Irish Rifles Edward William Johnston
1918 Mar 23 Captured and taken POW
1918 Dec 25 Repatriated to UK from POW
Served in North Russia
1919 May 1. R. Ir. Rif. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts. : — E. W. Johnston (12th, Bn.).
1920 Oct 8. Joined ADRIC with service no 679. "Father at 102 Fitzroy Av, Belfast" Posted to I Coy (the service no was later corrected in 1836 as 2 Johnsons had been allocated 679
1920 Oct 13 Promoted Section Leader
1920 Nov 8. Promoted Platoon Commander.
1919 Dec 1 Raid Report
1921 Feb 7. Promoted 2nd in Command of C Coy
1921 Mar 9. Promoted Company Commander of P Coy at Tubbercurry
13 Mar 1921 He is re-entered in Numeric Register with service no 1836 and a note saying "1st entry". This was because service no 679 was assigned to two men called Johnston and the error was now being corrected
1921 May 15. He was fired on by the IRA when he was on his way from Easkey to Tubbercurry at Gleneask. His car was hit five times but he escaped injury.
1921 Jun 13. He had a car crash. He was driving a car containing himself, DI Dease (RIC) and DI Purchase (ADRIC)
1921 Oct 8 Compensation case heard. Johnston's compensation was deferred and Purchase got £100 and Deas £40
1921 Aug 25 Admitted to Convalescent Home Dublin
1921 Sep 12. Discharged from Nursing Home.
1921 Dec 8. Struck of strength as a deserter.
1922 Mar. P Company's Accounts were missing £535, Johnston having received it as a temporary advance from the commander of Depot Coy. Johnston told the company paymaster that he had repaid the advance "it has now been ascertained that this is not the case". The Army then took steps to withhold a compensation payment to Johnston for injuries he had received on duty