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D/KX 132149   Leading Stoker George Usher Johnston
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Kenya, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 21/01/1923
Died: 13/12/1943 (Died by accident)
Age: 21
George Usher Johnston was the son of William and Annie Johnston. He was born on 21st January 1923 in Coagh Street, Cookstown. Prior to enlisting, he had tried to join the Navy on a couple of occasions, but had been unsuccessful. Leading Stoker George Johnston served with the Royal Navy on board H.M.S. Kenya. On 9th December 1943 the ship arrived at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in advance of carrying out local exercises with HMS Newcastle. Leading Stoker Johnston died as a result of a fatal accident during recreational bathing in Trincomalee harbour on 13th December 1943.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Trincomalee War Cemetery
  Trincomalee, Trincomalee
Grave Ref: Grave 2-B-2
CWGC Casualty 2112128
From the main A6 road, just south of the town of Trincomalee, turn left onto the North East Coast Road, also known as the Nilaveli Road. The cemetery is approximately 6 kilometres along this road on the right (eastern) side.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Molesworth St Presbyterian Church WWII Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 354
References and Links
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1 Derbyshire War Memorials War memorial bell in the Council House, Derby - HMS Kenya
2 Naval 13/12/1943 - Fatal accident during recreational bathing in harbour
3 Uboat.Net - HMS Kenya HMS Kenya ship information including photo
4 War Graves Photographic Project (1) Photo of George Usher Johnston's grave can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project (2) Photo of George Usher Johnston's grave can be purchased here
6 Wikipedia - HMS Kenya Details of HMS Kenya
7 Details of George Usher Johnston
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023