Col AC Johnston

Career Profile: Colonel A.C. JOHNSTON DSO, MC

 Born 26th Jan 1884.

  • Father Sir Duncan Johnston, Director General of Ordnance Survey and Cricketer for Derbyshire.

  • Educated (part of time) Winchester College. Leading member of Cricket team.

  • Year out 1902? Travelled to USA.

  •  4th Nov 1903, Commissioned into the Worcestershire Regiment.

  • 13th April 1907 – 6th October 1910, employed with the West African Frontier Force.

  • 28th June 1907, promoted to Lieutenant.

  • 22nd Sept 1911, promoted to Captain.

  • 10th Aug 1912 – 6th Jan 1916, Attached to No 3 Signal Company.

  •  1st Jan 1916, Promoted Brevet Major with rank of Lt. Colo

  • 7th Jan 1916 – 29th Feb 1916, Employed as a General Staff Officer (3rd class) with the 25th Division, British Expeditionary Force.

  • 1st Mar 1916 – 27th Aug 1916, posted as Brigade Major, 7th Infantry Division.

  • 28th Aug 1916 – 13 Sep 1917, Promoted to Temporary Lt Colonel, in command of a Service Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.

  • 14th Sept 1917 – 2nd Nov 1917, promoted to Brigadier General as Brigade Commander, 128th Infantry Brigade BEF. Youngest General in British Army.

  • Awarded DSO & bar; MC; five mentions and wounded 4 times – including injury that left him with a permanent limp.

  • Note: War Diary published by Pen & Sword Publishing in 2007

  • 4th Nov 1918, Worcestershire Regiment.

  • 16th Dec 1918, posted as General Staff Officer (1st Class) with War Office.

  • 1920 – Transferred to newly formed Amy Educational Corps.

  • 1921-25, Commandant Duke of York’s Royal Military School.

  • 1931 – 1937, Commandant and Inspector Army School of Education, Belgaum India.

  • Retired on half pay July 1937.

  • Organised the World Scout Moot (Scotland)

  • Joined Foreign Office (Intelligence) during the Second World War, primarily in India but photograph albums indicate that he was working in Germany and visited Hitler’s chalet immediately after the war ended.

  • Died 27th December 1952.


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