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Gordon James b1903 JOHNSTON

Gordon James b1903 JOHNSTON

Male 1903 - 1986  (82 years)

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  • Name Gordon James b1903 JOHNSTON  [1
    Military Service 1939-45  Exmouth WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    When the 1939-1945 war broke out Gordon was manpowered with Bell brothers, by which time he was a licenced Excavator Driver building airstrips in North Western Australia. He was there when the Broome raid took place and a Japanese Zero bombed the airstrip on which he was working. About this time at Pot Shot Airport, Exmouth Gulf, Gordon pulled Bluey Truscott still in his Spitfire from the ocean. This Spitfire is now in the Canberra War Memorial ACT 
    Born 22 Aug 1903  Leonora WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes c1920s  North Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gordon started work in the 1920s as a Pastry Cook, living at Cowle Street. North Perth. He then moved with his family to Scadden (a farming district just north of Esperance) where they grew wheat, this was in 1931. He met and married Ruth Weller Long that year. They had two sons, Malcolm born at Esperance & Russell (Russ) born at Subiaco, Perth. 
    Occupation c1980s  Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Maintenance Man...When employment with Bell Brothers terminated Gordon was employed by his eldest son Malcolm at his clothing factory in Perth as maintenance man and carrier until his retirement in the early 1980s. After spending some time in a hospital for the aged he passed away aged 82 years on 11/5/1986. 
    Occupation c1940s  Collie WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Truck driver...History: written by his younger son Russell.
    Post war Bell Brothers sent Gordon to Collie, a coal mining town in south Western Australia where he worked on the Walls End open cut mine (the open cut at Collie) and the Black Diamond open cut. He then worked on many open cut mines in North Western Australia, mining for Manganese, Iron Ore and even Yellow Cake.
     
    Occupation c1936  Guildford WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    About 1936 Gordon started employment with Bell Brothers, Guildford as a truck driver carting wheat (this was during the Depression years).  
    • EPITAPH OF BLUEY TRUSCOTT....WWII 1943 and Gordon Johnston...
      Squadron Leader Truscott was killed instantly at 1735 hours, 28th March 1943. Position, 22 11' S., 114 09' E. He was flying Kittyhawk A29/150.
      Before any member of 76 Squadron could reach the scene whale-boats and divers from U.S.S. Chi/ds and U.S.S. Whipperwill were attempting to locate the wreckage. They continued dragging operations with a desperate urgency until midnight, under impossible conditions, long after all hope for the life of Keith Truscott had been adandoned. At last 76 Squadron had to ask the Americans to stop.
      At light, 29th March, the search was resumed, and at 1000 hours the aircraft was located in thirty-six feet of water, lying on its back, with mainplanes folded and the cockpit on the sea-bed.
      At 1630 hours the aircraft was raised, and lowered onto a barge. The body was recovered from the cockpit with some injuries, but virtually unmarked.
      In the evening, after the barge pulled alongside the jetty, Bluey was carried ashore by the officers of his squadron. His mother, far away, knew he was dead before she was told.
      At 0930 hours, 31st March, the casket containing his embalmed body, followed by of of No. 76 Squadron and of the U.S. Navy, was drawn to the air-strip and passed between his boys, whose emotions no words of mine dare express. He was brought to the Avro Anson and soon that aircraft drew away slowly and took off to the salute from the ground and the air. His pilots above him in the formation of a cross and escorted him to Perth, towards the Cathedral, to the limits of their fuel.
      Thus passed Bluey Truscott, aged twenty-six, brave as few were and loved as few were.
      Today he rests in the War Cemetery near Perth, Western Australia, and his first Spitfire stands quietly through the passing years in the Australian War Memorial at Canberra.
      God Bless Bluey.
    Occupation 1950  Geraldton WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In late 1950 Bell Brothers made Gordon Manager (still driving trucks) in the Geraldton & Meekatharra district where he met Patricia Thomas whom he married in 1960. She died in 1975.  
    Died 11 May 1986  Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Karrakatta WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-5732  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2018 

    Father Matthew JOHNSTON,   b. 20 Oct 1864, Bremer SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1936, Perth WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship -1863 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann MCLEAN,   b. 9 Dec 1874, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1948, Merredin WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship -1863 
    Married 17 Nov 1896  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1863  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Married Esperance WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2017 12:03:37 
    Family ID F-1871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruth Weller LONG,   b. 6 Aug 1905, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1933  (Age 28 years) 
    Children 
     1. MW J
     2. RG J
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2013 15:10:00 
    Family ID F-1877  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Agnes May DOWNING 
    Divorced early 1950s 
    • Marriage lasted briefly
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2013 14:54:00 
    Family ID F-1873  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Patricia THOMAS,   d. 3 Apr 1975 
    Married 1960 
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2013 14:59:00 
    Family ID F-1874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0634 - Wedding of George Loder & Murial (nee Johnston).jpg
    0634 - Wedding of George Loder & Murial (nee Johnston).jpg
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    Stories
    1995 - Gordon James Johnston & Ruth Weller Long & Agnes May Downing & Patricia Thomas
    1995 - Gordon James Johnston & Ruth Weller Long & Agnes May Downing & Patricia Thomas
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_search&Itemid=32, 16 Jun 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Matthew JOHNSTON and Elizabeth Ann MCLEAN Marriage Date: 1896, November 17 Marriage Place: Res of Mrs Jefferis StrathalbynSA Groom Age: 31 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1865 Groom Father: John JOHNSTON Bride Age: 20
      Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1876 Bride Father Name: Hugh MCLEAN Book/Page: 189/525