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JOHNSTON – William 74th Regiment

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74th Regiment Highlanders
South Africa Medal
Indian Mutiny Medal
NameJOHNSTON – William
Regiment (s)74th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1922
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd July 1840 / 20 years / Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Dark / Grey / Dark Brown / marked with letter ‘D’
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 3 years 9 months
Cape of Good Hope – 2 years 8 months
East Indies – 7 years 3 months
Length of Service17 years 316 days (deduced)
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 10th December 1861 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsService in South Africa Medal 1851 1852 1853
Indian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Chatham or Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland
Pension Districts1861 Chatham
1867 Tilbury
1867-1869 Western Australia
1869- Victoria
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
18th April 1867 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
NORWOOD 13th July 1867
Date/Place of Birthc1820 St. Ninians Stirling Scotland
Date/Place of Baptism1st October 1820 St Ninian’s Stirlingshire (possible)
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
COONEY Catherine
B 1829
Date/Place of Marriage5th September 1849 Limerick Ireland
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
8 February 1869 per Laughing Wave to Victoria with wife Catherine
Date/Place of Death/Burial12th July 1895 Richmond Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1851 British Army Worldwide Index
1851 William Johnston 1922 Private 74th Foot Fermoy and Cork and at sea
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and worn out
William Johnston had 3 good conduct badges and entitled to prize money
The record of Baptism gives his father’s name as Alexander Johnston and mother Margaret Gillespie different from his transfer document in the National Archives of Australia which has John Johnston and Margaret Alexander.
The 1841 Census has Alexander, Margaret and William at Bannock Burn Old town St Ninian’s whereas our William was attested 22nd July 1840.