2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Johnstone

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Johnstone

Arthur James Johnstone was born on the 23rd June 1883 in Cornwall, England, the third and youngest son born to James Johnstone and Margaret Gilfillan Johnstone (nee Scroggie). In Cornwall, his father was factor to Lord Falmouth, though shortly afterwards the Johnstones returned to Scotland and Arthur grew up mainly in Alloway, Ayrshire. He was a pupil at Alloway Public School and Ayr Academy.

Arthur attended the University of Glasgow and qualified as a Solicitor. He became a partner in the firm Messrs Dougall, Goudie & Douglas and worked as a Procurator in Ayr for four years. On the 4th July 1912 Arthur, then aged 29, married Euphemia Tennant Fullarton, a School Teacher also aged 29, at the Dalblair Hotel in Ayr, and they had a son a year later.

After the outbreak of the war he was commissioned into a territorial unit before being attached to a service unit of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He had been at the Front for only two months when 2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Johnstone was killed on the 5th April 1917 during the battle of Arras. He was 33. Arthur was buried in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras, in the Pas de Calais region of France. A photograph and tribute to him appeared in the Ayrshire newspaper, the Ayr Advertiser on the 12th April 1917. Details from that tribute are incorporated in this biography.

Arthur’s sole living descendant is his grandson, mathematician Professor Peter Johnstone of St John’s College, Cambridge.


2nd Lieutenant Arthur James Johnstone
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: LLB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 5 April 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ayr Advertiser obituary, 12th April 1917
Photo ID: Ayr Advertiser obituary, 12th April 1917


University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Biography: Biographical information and photograph supplied by Anne Balfour (nee Johnstone) from a press cutting from the Ayr Advertiser published on the 12th April 1917.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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