Johnston, Robert Graham


Only son of R. Herbert Johnston of Edinburgh, he came into College from Cargilfield School. He was promoted in 1911 to be Prefect of Hall and the same year was captain of College VI: he kept wicket two years for Lords and played in 2nd XI (Association). He was at New College, Oxford, when the war broke out and in the previous June had been elected Steward of Junior Common Room.

After a few months with the Royal Scots he obtained a commission in the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and went to France in May 1915, serving there continuously until his death. He was promoted a temporary Captain early in 1916. He held a staff appointment for a time and early in July 1916, while returning to his headquarters, met by chance with his old regiment and insisted on accompanying them. The Commanding Officer at the time was Lieutenant Colonel Robert Horn (C 1895-1898), killed in action 18th April 1918 (see individual entry). He took part with them in the attack on Delville Wood on July 18th and is presumed to have fallen that day.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Johnston
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Graham
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1906-1912
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 26th June 1893
  • Date of Death: 18th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D5
  • Decoration: M.C.
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 15C of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL