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Story of Edward Johnston, with objects including Medal ribbons, death penny, scroll and card
three ribbons, one medal, one certificate/scroll, one death penny and one card
This story is about Private Edward Johnston, from Ireland. He was a member of the 1st/3rd Battalion of the London Royal Fusileers, number 5021, He enlisted in London. He was my uncle. He joined at a young age, probably 16/17. He was killed on the 24th July, 1916. He is buried in Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, France. I visited the grave. He was the son of Tomas and Catherine Johnston of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. I have no information about him, which saddens me. He was with the British regiment so doesn't appear in any of the war memorials in Ireland. There is no record of him. So the number of Irish participants is difficult to ascertain. Alot of information about the regiments was lost in the bombing during World War 2. My objects are three ribbons, one medal, a certificate/scroll, a death penny and a card sent to his mother. The medal was with his things, but I don't know how he got it. It is dated 1797. It might be just a personal thing that he had. The family of each soldier who died was given a death penny. The riibbons are medal ribbons but I don't have the ribbons. Themedals must be lost. All of this was held by my mother, his sister. Another sister remembers a piece in the paper about some action for which he received a commendation. My mother never spoke about why he joined up.