Personal info

  • Name: William John JOHNSTONE
  • D.O.B: 6th August, 1823
  • D.O.A: 9th August, 1854
  • D.O.D: 20th August, 1857
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Stoker, HMS Arrogant

Wardo Island, Russia

9 August 1854

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The Crimean War 

On 9 August 1854 Lieutenant J Bythesea and Stoker W Johnstone, landed on Wardo Island, one of the Åland Islands at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia. They spent two nights reconnoitring, at one stage disguising themselves as peasants and being hidden from Russian troops by a local farmer.


 This person was the companion of Commander Bythesea in the above-mentioned enterprize.
(Despatch from Captain Yelverton, inclosed in a Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir C. Napier, of 13th January, 1856.)

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 February 1857. 24 February 1857, Numb. 21971, p. 654

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