Confirmed to the rank of Corporal on July 22, 1942.
Overseas to UK on August 22, 1942.
To be A/Sgt on August 11, 1944.
At 1430 hrs, 20 Sep 44, I was in the C.P. 50 yards East of the main road M.R. 126038 (Ketterijstraat, along the canal-Vaart) sheet 21. At that time Sgt. Johnston left in company with the Engineer Officer to recce a bridging site. They informed me that they intended to follow the main road to the canal and recce the area immediately surrounding the bridge which had been blown. Cpl. Lehmann spoke to them further down the road and warned them to be careful. The Officier was carrying a pistol and Sgt. Johnston a sten. We covered the main road, which was the only feasible route for their withdrawal, until 0545 hrs the following morning. Throughout this time nothing was heard from them, and there was no visible movement along the road. Snipers were busy in the whole area from the C.P. to the canal as well as strong automatic fire from positions on the far bank. It was established the following morning that there were no signs of either of them in our area, right to the canal itself. (L/Cpl. De Winter - 1100 hrs)
Father served in the First World War.
Had a brother in the Army, John Garfield Johnston.
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