|Stanley Johnston was the husband of Caroline Lyne (formerly Johnston)
of 43 Knowsley Road, Bootle. He was a ship's steward with
the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
|A report on his death
appeared in the Bootle Times on the
25th May 1917. His photo appeared in the
report and is reproduced here with the kind
permission of the
Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
A DANGEROUS JOURNEY.
HOW A BOOTLE KINGSMAN MET HIS FATE.
| The story
of how a brave Bootle man met his fate
during the period of the Big Push in August
last is told in a communication from the Red
Cross authorities, recently received by his
Stanley Johnston, who was 26 years of age,
has left a widow and little son, who reside
at 43, Knowsley-road. He was brought up in
this district, and as a boy attended
St.Thomas' School, Seaforth. Afterwards he
took to the sea, and was for some years with
the Pacific Steam Navigation Company. Before
the war broke out, Johnston had attained the
position of second steward. Shortly after
hostilities commenced he was engaged in
transport work. In the early days of 1915,
Johnston joined the King's, and after a
period of training was sent out to France.
For a few days last July he was home from
the trenches, and then appeared bright and
cheery, expressing confidence on leaving his
friends that he would soon be home again.
| Very shortly
after his return from his last leave Pte.
Johnston met his fate. In the first instance
he was simply reported missing. Subsequently
he was reported as presumed killed. An
officer of the Red Cross has written to Mrs.
Johnston a few supplementary details.
"Corporal T. Malone," he says, "remembers
your husband as a runner, and tells us that
during the fighting at Guillemont on August
9th his Company were cut off for 72 hours.
Your husband reached them with a message
from headquarters, and then started to go
back. Malone saw him leave, but tells us
that he was never heard of again. It was a
very difficult journey, and there was heavy
shell-fire and sniping going on all around,
from which we can but draw the sad
conclusion that your husband must have lost
his life. Accept our true sympathy with you
in this sad news."
Johnston had many friends in Bootle and
Liverpool, and widespread sympathy has been
expressed with the family.
Bootle Times 25th