Capt Edward William Johnston, Royal Irish Rifles


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 Feb 17. 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 Jun 28 to 11 Jul on Leave

1921 Oct 8 Compensation case heard. Johnston's compensation was deferred and Purchase got £100 and Deas £40

1921 Aug 20 Admitted to Convalescent Home Dublin

1921 Sep 12. Discharged from Nursing Home.

1921 Nov 28 to 11 Dec on Leave

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

1926 His father died at 102 Fitzroy Av, Belfast