CMG b/b s/g;
Afghanistan 1878-80, (0) (Surg. P. H. Johnston. 85th Foot) latter part of surname officially corrected;
IGS 1854 (1) Hazara 1888 (Surgn. P. H. Johnston. M.S.);
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith (Lt. Colonel P. H. Johnston. CMG, R.A.M.C.) engraved naming;
KSA (2) (Lt. Col. P. H. Johnston. M.D., CMG, R.A.M.C.)
Percy Herbert Johnston was born in Cawnpore on 13 July 1851, the son of Surgeon-Major J. W. Johnston, M.D., 85th Regiment. Educated at Queen’s College, Cork, he entered the Army as a Surgeon on 4 February 1877 and served in the Afghan War during 1879-80, in the Zaimusht Expedition and assault and capture of Zawa. Service in the Hazara Expedition of 1888 was followed in February 1889 by promotion to Surgeon-Major. Advanced to Lieutenant-Colonel in February 1897, he then saw active service in the Boer War, and was granted the local rank of Colonel whilst in charge of a General Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. For his services he was three times Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 2 December 1899, 30 March 1900, 23 June 1902) and was appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (London Gazette 29 November 1900). Retiring from the Service in 1906, he was later County Director of the Voluntary Aid Organisation, Flintshire and Denbighshire, 1911-14; served in the Flintshire Territorial Association, 1913-14; and was Senior Medical Officer of the Mersey Defences, 1914-19, with the rank of Brevet Colonel. Late in life, in 1926, he was awarded an honorary D.Sc. by the National University of Ireland. He died on 13 August 1932.
DCM GV (11827 Sjt: W. White. 19/F.A. R.A.M.C.);
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal (11827 Pte. W. White. R.A.M.C.);
KSA (2) (11827 Pte. W. White. R.A.M.C.);
1914 Star (11827 Cpl. W. White. R.A.M.C.);
BWM and VM (11827 Sjt. W. White. R.A.M.C.);
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (11827 Sjt: W. White. R.A.M.C.)
DCM LG 1 January 1917; citation published 13 February 1917:
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great courage and determination in tending the wounded under heavy fire, working continuously for 70 hours.’
Annotated Gazette states: ‘Mametz Wood, July & August 1917.’
William Herbert Allan White was born on 30 November 1870, at Bampton, Oxfordshire. He enlisted into the Medical Staff Corps at Aldershot on 10 June 1898, using only his single forename William. He had previously served in the Territorial with 4/Gloucestershire Regiment, and was an agricultural labourer prior to enlistment. He served in South Africa during the Boer War, from 4 November 1899 until 28 January 1903 (Queen’s medal with 3 Clasps, King’s medal with 2 Clasps). He was appointed Lance-Corporal in October 1907 and promoted to Corporal in January 1909.
Corporal White landed at Rouen, France, on 15 August 1914, with 3rd General Hospital based at Rouen and later at St Nazaire and Le Treport. He was appointed Acting Sergeant in December 1914 and Sergeant in January 1915. In October 1915 he transferred to 19th Field Ambulance, with whom he served until 15 December 1916, when he returned to England following a period of hospitalisation for illness.
The 33rd Division first came into action on the Somme on 15 July, attacking High Wood and Martinpuich. By this time 19th Field Ambulance was based out of Becordel ands evacuating wounded out of Mametz Wood, amongst other places, until 22 July when they withdrew to billets in Buire-sur-Ancre, near Albert.
Sergeant White was posted to 35 Company R.A.M.C. at King George Hospital, Stamfor Street, London, on 25 January 1917. He was awarded his LS&GC medal in Army Order 125 of 1917, having completed 18 years exemplary service. He was discharged on 17 April 1920. In 1936 he enlisted in the National Defense Companies of the Territorial Army Association of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. At the time of his death in July 1956 he was living at Hordle, Hampshire.
QSA (2) Transvaal, South Africa 1902 (10237 Cpl J. Scott. R.A.M.C.)
James Scott was born at Dalston, London in 1873 and attested on 30 October 1893, having previously seen service with the Militia Medical Staff Corps. Having seen almost four years of Home Service he was posted to Bermuda on 28 October 1897, appointed Lance-Corporal on 1 July 1901 and returning to Britain on 4 October. He was soon re-posted to South Africa for service in the Second Anglo-Boer War on 20 December 1901. Scott was promoted Corporal in South Africa on 3 May 1902, finish his service in the region on 8 October 1902 and remaining with the Colours on Home service until being invalided out on 15 August 1907.
DCM GV (12344 Sjt F H Lucas RAMC);
QSA (2) Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith (12344 Pte F H Lucas RAMC);
KSA (2) (12344 Pte F H Lucas RAMC);
1914 Star with original Aug-Nov clasp and MID leaf (12344 Cpl F H Lucas RAMC)
BWM & VM (A.W.O.CL.1. on pair),
Army LSGC GV (12344 Sjt F H Lucas RAMC).
Born Cainscross, Gloucester.
Served No 8 Field Hospital, 5th Division during Boer War.
MID L/G 1/1/1916. Wounded 24/9/1916. DCM L/G 21/6/1916 for conspicuous gallantry and good work as Sanitary Officer in a much shelled area. He has repeatedly shown great pluck, notably when he went to a party of men who had been shelled, rendered first aid, and got the wounded into safety under very heavy shell fire.