Johnson Stanley

Name   Stanley Gordon Johnston   Rank: Gunner

Number VX37083 

Battalion 2/4th Anti -Tank Regiment

Place of Birth Somerville 1 July 1920, could be 16 July

Next of Kin His mother Dorothy Johnston was NOK. His father was Frank Lewis Johnston.   

Date and place of enlistment 24 July 1940

Location on enlistment   Burnley

Occupation labourer

Date and place of death   He died of illness on 21 April 1945 in Malaysian Borneo

Location of grave or memorial.

He is honoured on the Labuan Memorial East Malaysia

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

Stanley was born in 1923 in Somerville and the family then lived in Tarwin Lower at Tarwin Meadows. From 1925 until 1937 his father worked at Tarwin Meadows. His brother Alan Hartley Johnston, a farmer, is on the electoral roll as living on Grand Ridge Road Mirboo North. Alan was born in 1932 and died in 2006.

Military History

The 2/4th Anti-Tank Regiment was an artillery regiment that was raised for service during WWII. It was formed in November 1940. In early 1942, the regiment fought in Malaya and Singapore before being captured when Singapore fell to the Japanese. Most of its personnel became prisoners of war. Over 170 members of the regiment died in captivity including Stan before the end of the war in August 1945.

 

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