Rank: Captain
Regiment: 16th Bn. Manchester Regiment Killed In Action Sunday 2nd July 1916 Age 34County Memorial Altrincham & St. Marks Church, Dunham Massey
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William Morton Johnston was born in Altrincham in 1882, the son of William Henry BSc. And Agnes Morton Johnson of Woodleigh, Altrincham. William became the Chairman and managing director of R. Johnson, Clapham and Morris Ltd. in Manchester.

He was commissioned as a Captain in the 16th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment.

He arrived in France on the 8th November 1915.

Brief history of the Battalion:

 The 16th (1st City) Battalion, Manchester Regiment was raised in Manchester on the 28th of August 1914 by the Lord Mayor and City. Initially they trained at Heaton Park but moved in April 1915 to Belton Park, where they joined 90th Brigade, 30th Division. They to Larkhill in September 1915 for final training and proceeded to France on the 6th of November 1915. concentrating near Amiens. In 1916 they were in action during the Battle of the Somme, in which the Division captured Montauban.

William was killed in action on the 2nd July 1916,

On that fateful day:

William was killed in action on the 2nd July 1916,

On that fateful day:

The Battalion War Diary states:


8.20 a.m 2.7

Relieved by 2nd Wilts. Took 100 prisoners

No mention is made of the loss of Capt. Johnson. His brother Ronald Lindsay Johnson was Killed in action 29th May 1917.