Lieutenant Montague George Johnstone DSO

Montague Johnstone is seen here as a lieutenant in a photo dated 1873 wearing mounted stable dress. Montague George Johnstone was born on 21 Mar 1848. He was the son of Lieutenant-General Montague Cholmeley Johnstone and Leonora Louisa Somerset. He joined the Scots Greys as a cornet by purchase on 22 June 1870 and bought his promotion to lieutenant on 2 Aug 1871. He was a captain on 31 Jan 1878 and rose to major on 5 July 1888. He was ADC to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1880 and fought in the Bechuanaland campaign of 1884-5 on the staff, being awarded the DSO. While there he raised 100 men for the 2nd Mounted Rifles (Carrington's Horse). He was in South Africa for the Boer War. He was Colonel of the 3rd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and the 4th Battalion Cameronians. He died on 12 June 1928. He was married to Agnes Harrison on 10 July 1880 and they had 3 children.

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