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8 May 1915 -|- Don Johnston[]

Source: Fighting the Kaiser: Coburg and the First World War

Donald (Don) William Johnston served in A Company, 7th Battalion and left with the first contingent. Don was killed in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 8 May 1915.

Don was the son of Andrew Johnston of the Thistle Cyle Shop (and later the Coburg Motor Garage) at 288-290 Sydney Road, Coburg where he built his own ‘Thistle’ brand bicycles. A stalwart of the Coburg Cycling Club, Andrew Johnston ‘fostered cycling in Coburg, trained various elite cyclists and was president of the club for the 15 years to 1920,’ according to descendant Barb Wilcock. Donald was a member of the Coburg Cycling Club and would have participated in many of the cycling and social activities sponsored by the club.