Love and War: The Life and Death of Johnnie of QMAAC

Date: 15th February 2018
Anster Nichts

The only woman commemorated on the Anstruther war memorial is Elizabeth Johnston, a former pupil of Waid Academy, whose father was a sailmaker in East Green. In 1917 she enlisted in Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps as a telegraphist, and was sent to France. She died in dramatic circumstances, falling from a church tower in Rouen on Christmas Day 1918.

In this, her centenary year, local author and historian Kevin Dunion will consider the circumstances of her death and will reveal the results of his painstaking research to establish the identity of the young Canadian soldier she had become close to and who played a prominent part at her funeral. It is a story with an unexpected twist, which resonates down the years. Kevin is Vice-Chair of the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection and author of ‘The Democracy of War – Anstruther and Cellardyke in the First World War’.