Down memory lane

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More than a million soldiers in total, from both sides, perished in 1918’s Spring Offensive.

The battle which started on March 18 marked the Germans’ final large scale attack of WW1.

Among the incredibly large number of deaths was a Campbeltown corporal fighting for the Australians.

Cpl Kenneth Johnstone died aged 27 on May 2 1918. He was born in the Wee Toon on November 18 1890 and a decade later, aged 10, left with his parents John and Margaret Johnstone, three sisters and a brother for Australia.

In another twist Cpl Johnstone married Louie and lived in Hopetown Street, Campbelltown, Sydney before signing-up for the army.

He was undoubtedly brave receiving multiple gunshot wounds at Gallipoli. He was wounded again in northern France in the Spring Offensive and repatriated to Cambridge where he died of pneumonia.

Cpl Johnstone received a military funeral at Kilkerran cemetery with a Royal Navy firing party and pictures were sent to his wife in Australia.

Two weeks ago in Down memory lane the Courier published a picture of a 1947 football team. Les McArthur has written to say the boy 4th from the left is his brother Dugie McArthur.

Kenneth Johnstone’s headstone in Kilkerran Road cemetery. 25_c09memorylane01_kenneth_johnstone