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JOHNSTON / JOHNSTONE – William 28th Regiment

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28th Regiment North Gloucestershire Colours
Employed as Warder
Alcock Trial
Regiment (s)28th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 997
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
6th July 1833 / 18 years 2 months / Bow Street Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / Pock pitted
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 6 years
East Indies – 6 years
Length of Service21 years 105 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 19th March 1855 / Parkhurst Isle of Wight England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Aberdeen Scotland
Pension Districts1855 Aberdeen
1859 2nd Plymouth
1859-1885 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1859 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SULTANA 19th August 1859
Date/Place of BirthMay 1815 Stokenchurch Oxfordshire England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
1819 Devonport Devonshire England
Date/Place of Marriage30th October 1849 Stoke Demerel Devon
Children by 1st WifeThomas B 1838 Plymouth Devonshire England
D Not yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not Yet Known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 10 July 1867 page 3
The Perth Gazette & Independent Times
 Friday 12th July 1867 page 3
The Herald Saturday 13th July 1867 page 3
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/BurialJanuary 1885 Perth Western Australia
6th January 1885 Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
23rd January 1872 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Johnston 997 Private 28th Foot location Sydney
1851 William Johnston 997 Private 28th Foot location Manchester
Discharge due to having completed 21 years’ service and about to be transferred to the Aberdeen Militia.
In the 1851 Census William Johnston a soldier serving with the 28th Regiment is living in the Salford Barracks with his wife Ruth aged 32 born Devonport Devon and their son Thomas age 13 born Plymouth Devon.
4th July 1867 William Johnson was charged with the murder of Sultana crewmate EPG Andrew Alcock at Fremantle on the 7th May 1867. Andrew had been living with William and his wife at North Fremantle when for an unknown reason Johnson shot him in the back, prior to the shooting they had mostly been on friendly terms. At the trial it was thought it may have been when he was cleaning his gun but that theory was discounted. Freely admitting his guilt the Jury gave a verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. Sentenced to 6 years penal servitude. William Johnson found guilty of the manslaughter of Andrew ALCOCK at Fremantle on the 7th May 1867.
Subsequent to the conviction of her husband Mrs Johnston applied to the resident Magistrate at Fremantle for relief, the RM wrote to the Colonial Secretary suggesting 8d per day might be a reasonable allowance, however he was advised to supply her with rations only as she was in danger of starvation and on no account was he to issue her with money.