Corporal William James Johnston


William James Johnston, from Kilcock, County Kildare, enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 26 and 28 April 1915 (No.1497 – later Corps of Hussars No.71404).

He embarked for France on 22 September 1915, where he was posted to either A or D Squadron.

In May 1916 A, D and E Squadrons came together to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry until February 1918, when it was converted to a corps cyclist regiment. The regiment saw much action on advance guard, reconnaissance and signalling duties for V Corps during the Advance to Victory offensive from August to November 1918.

In December 1918 Johnston was one of a number of men of the regiment awarded a military medal for the role he played during that offensive.

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 8 June 1919.