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.
   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 wife.
   Private 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."
   Private Johnston had many friends in Bootle and Liverpool, and widespread sympathy has been expressed with the family.

Bootle Times 25th May 1917