This post was written by Victoria Doran.
The only detail about James Johnstone that has been found is this entry in the Book of Remembrance. It is the only entry without a complete date of death.
Any information would be welcomed.
There is no Commonwealth War Graves Commission record of any James Johnstone in the Grenadier Guards dying in 1914 or 1915.
There was a Private 20034 James Johnstone in the 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards who died in action on 12 September 1916, but that does not match well to the Book of Remembrance entry.
No other James Johnstone in the Grenadier Guards was awarded any medals.
The 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards was part of the 4th (Guards) Brigade, 2nd Division and, though it fought in France at the Battle of the Marne and the 1st Battle of the Aisne in 1914, neither is anywhere near Neuve Chapelle. It fought at Festubert not far away in May 1915.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle was fought in March 1915, but the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards was not involved.
He is commemorated on the Grange Hill war memorial.
2012 Remembrance Service at Grange Hill War Memorial
Birth: about 1893
Death: 1914 (?) at Neuve Chapelle, France
Addresses: not known
Occupation: not known
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Number and Rank: Private
Medals: not known
Commemorated: Book of Remembrance
Sources: BR, GH