17974 RIFLEMAN WILLIAM J. JOHNSTON
13th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Interred in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Plot A, Row 25, Grave 15.
Son of William Johnston, of Hillsborough, Co. Down. William Johnston must have been a very young man when he enlisted and probably well under age like many of the rest of them. There are reasons why I am not content that this is the William Johnston that is commemorated in Ballymoney Parish Church. For a start he was born in Hillsborough and was living there. It is true that he may have been working in the Ballymoney area but his age would not have allowed him to have been any length of time there and certainly not long enough to have been established in the church and have his name com- memorated there. The War Graves Commission have not been able to give me the name of any other soldier so I am stuck with this one. William enlisted at Lisburn but had he been working in Ballymoney surely he would have enlisted there. At any rate he was very severely wounded at the Somme and was evacuated to Rouen where he died of his wounds a few days later. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery in that city.