Personal info

  • Name: William Henry JOHNSTON
  • D.O.B: 21st December, 1879
  • D.O.A: 14th September, 1914
  • D.O.D: 8th June, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 59th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers

Missy-sur-Aisne, France 14 Sepember 1914

14 Sepember 1914

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The First World War 1914 

To the west, just east of Soissons, the retreating Germans had destroyed the bridge over the Aisne at Missy. As troops of 5th Division crossed the river here on 14 September 1914 to attack German positions on the Chivres spur beyond, Captain W H Johnston, Royal Engineers, worked two rafts across the river throughout the day. He was assisted by Lieutenant Flint, who was awarded the DSO.

Citation

 At Missy on 14th September under a heavy fire all day until 7 p.m., worked with his own hand two rafts bringing back wounded and returning with ammunition; thus enabling advanced Brigade to maintain its position across the river. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 November 1914. 25 November 1914, Numb. 28985, p. 9958

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