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Johnston, George Jameson (1868–1949)

from Argus (Melbourne)

Major-General George Jameson Johnston, who served with the Australian forces in South Africa and World War I, died yesterday, aged 80.

He received his first commission in the Melbourne Citizen Forces in 1889, and commanded a Light Horse regiment in the Boer War, returning with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He commanded a brigade which took part in the landing at Gallipoli on the first Anzac Day, and also served in France. He was Administrator of German New Guinea in 1917-20. On promotion to major-general he was given command of the Third Division, AMF, until his retirement after nearly 40 years' service with the forces.

In civil life he was the governing director of the furniture firm of Johnston's Pty Ltd.

His chief recreation for many years was hunting, and he was formerly on the committees of the Melbourne Hunt Club and the Findon Harriers. He was a member of the VRC, the VATC, and the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

The military funeral will leave John (Roy V.) Allison's parlours, cnr Glenhuntly and Hawthorn rds, Caulfield, after a service beginning at 3.15pm today, for Brighton Cemetery.

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'Johnston, George Jameson (1868–1949)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/johnston-george-jameson-6861/text24336, accessed 21 September 2019.

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