Rifleman William Johnston

19 Jun 1944

William Johnston was the husband of Jane D Johnstone, of Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, he enlisted into the Royal Ulster Rifles and volunteered for airborne forces.

Rifleman Johnston successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Rfn Johnston was killed in action on 19 June 1944, aged 22, and was given a field burial near Breville and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 26 October 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

Photos by Deborah Walker (Daughter-in-Law)

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