Charles Johnston

Bank: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Perth branch

Died: 28 June 1915


Charles Johnston was born in Methven, Perthshire, in 1895, the son of Alexander Johnston, a baker, and his wife Annie. He was educated at Perth Academy. In November 1911, when he was 16 years old, he went to work for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Perth branch.


In September 1914 Johnston left the bank to enlist in the 4th Battalion, the Royal Scots. He left Britain with his battalion in May 1915, sailing to Egypt, on to Greece, and then to Gallipoli, landing on 12 June.


On 28 June the 4th Royal Scots took part in a major attack at Gully Ravine. Private Charles Johnston was one of 219 officers and men of the battalion killed in the attack. He was 20 years old.


Charles Johnston is commemorated on a bank war memorial at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

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