- Name: William John JOHNSTONE
- D.O.B: 5th Aug, 1823
- D.O.A: 9th Aug, 1854
- D.O.D: 20th Aug, 1857
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Stoker, HMS Arrogant
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Wardo Island, Russia
9 August 1854
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.)