Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915 Captain Edward John Farquharson Johnston, 1st Battalion, the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), was killed in action at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, during the Second Battle of Ypres.
The second son of the British Vice-Consul in Seville, he had been educated at Rugby, after which he served with the Militia during the South African war. In 1900 and 1901 he was present at operations in Pretoria, the Orange Free State, the Transvaal, Cape Colony, the Orange River Colony, and at Venterskroon. For such service he received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps and the King’s Medal with two clasps. In 1901 he was gazetted to the Royal Scots as Second Lieutenant, served as Adjutant to his battalion, and by 1911 had achieved the rank of Captain. He saw action during the Great War at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and at St. Eloi, and was mentioned in Sir John French’s Despatches. He is buried in the Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen.
Edward, from Woking, was 32 years old and married.