9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
C. M. JOHNSTON CAPT. ROYAL IRISH RIFLES BORN 17TH ARIL 1886 - DIED 1ST JULY 1916
Born the son of Charles Johnston JP, from Beechcote, Portadown, Charles entered Campbell College in September 1901. He married Muriel Florence of Carrickblacker Avenue, Portadown on the 3 June 1914 in Rathgar. Charles and Florence had two sons, Charles and Harold. The National Archives record Charles to have been a merchant.
He is known to have enlisted and served in the Ulster Volunteer Force for approximately 18 months prior to the outbreak of the First World War, serving as a Half-Company, and a Company Commander. Charles applied for a temporary Commission into the Regular Army on the 24th September 1914, training for a short while at Clandeboye Estate, County Down.
Charles was reported wounded on the 1st of July in trenches at Forceville, later known to have been killed in action. His body was recovered on the 14th August 1916. He is buried at Mesnil Communal Cemetery (Extension).
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