Surgeon Probationer James Johnston

Biography of Surgeon Probationer James Johnston

James Johnston was born 6th March 1896 in Withcote, Leicestershire. His father, Thomas, was a farmer.

In 1913 James came to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine which he took for two years. During this time he received two second class certificates in Physiology and Anatomy, a first class certificate in Physiology and a credible mention in Botany.

Although he never graduated in Medicine, James was allowed to enter the Royal Navy as a Surgeon Probationer. On the 20th September 1915 he joined the HMS Alcantara at Liverpool. Less than six months later HMS Alcantara sank after engaging with the SMS Greif in the North Sea and James Johnston was killed. He is remembered on the Portsmouth War Memorial.

Summary

Surgeon Probationer James Johnston
Rank: Surgeon Probationer
Regiment: Royal Navy
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 29th February 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead.

http://www.naval-history.net/OWShips-WW1-08-HMS_Alcantara.htm

http://www.merseysiderollofhonour.co.uk/obits/ships/alcantara.htm

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