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Name: William Johnstone

Burial Number: 0356

Gender: Male

Occupation: Mathematics and Classics Teacher

Distinction: Chaplain and Professor

Born: 26/07/1819

Died: 03/04/1901

Buried: 06/04/1901

Story

William Henry Johnstone was born on 26th July 1819 and was baptised on 15th August at St. Andrew’s, Holborn, Middlesex. His father was James Johnstone, Schoolmaster, his mother was Catherine, nee Evans, and William had a younger brother, Frederick. In 1841 William was 21yrs old and Frederick a 19yr old Architect. William studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge and in 1843 he was appointed to teach mathematics and classics at Addiscombe Military College, Croydon. In 1845 he became Chaplain to the College, remaining there until the College closed in 1861.
Addiscombe Military College was a British Military Academy at Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey, run by the East India Company for the purpose of training young officers to serve in the East India Company’s private army in India.
In 1845 William married Anna Maria Davies on 13th December at Old Church, St. Pancras, they had 8 children: William Henry 1846, Annie Davies 1849, Charles James 1851, Frederick Willcock 1852, Katherine Jane 1854, Sophia Agnes 1857, James Robert 1859, and Hugh Edgar 1862.
William was appointed Vicar of Berden, Essex in 1875 and served there until his retirement in1891 when he moved to Worthing with Anna, living at a property they named Addiscombe, in the Manor Road area. William died on 3rd April 1901, aged 81yrs.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for William Johnstone

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 2 Plot: 23

Exact Location (what3words): face.each.smug

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

Grey granite runic cross, 7ft. in height, together with a recumbent stone of red granite on which is another cross.

Inscription:

In memory of Rev. William Henry Johnstone M.A. Chaplain and Professor of H.E.I.C. Military College Addiscombe 1843-61. Vicar of Berden, Essex 1875-91. Born 20th July 1819. died 3 April 1901. Erected by 98 officers once Addiscombe Cadets as a tribute of respect. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Prov. 23rd

Further Information

Birth

Name: William Henry Johnstone

Gender: Male

Born: 26/07/1819

Town: Holborn

County: Middlesex

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 13/12/1845

Spouse First Name: Anna

Spouse Second Name: Maria

Spouse Last Name: Davies

Town of Marriage: St Pancras

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/04/1901

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Addiscombe

Address line 3: Manor Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

Hampshire Chronicle 11th January 1902.
MEMORIAL TO THE LATE REV. W. H. JOHNSTONE.
The memorial which has been erected in Heene Cemetery, near Worthing, by Earl Roberts and other Addiscombe officers to the memory of the late Rev. W. H. Johnstone consists of a grey granite runic cross, 7ft. in height, together with a recumbent stone of red granite on which is another cross. An inscription on the base of the runic cross reads: – “In memory of the Rev. William Henry Johnstone, M.A., Chaplain and Professor H.E.I.C. Military College, Addiscombe, 1843 – 1861, Vicar of Berden, Essex, 1875 – 1891. Born July 26th, 1819, died April 3rd, 1901. Erected by ninety-eight officers, once Addiscombe cadets, as a tribute of respect.”

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1994 9 s 9 d

Current value of effects: £246000

Census Information

1841

Warwick Court, St. Andrew above the Bar, Holborn. James Johnstone, 57yrs, Schoolmaster, wife, Catherine, 50yrs, son, William, 21yrs.

1851

St. James Road, Croydon. William H. Johnstone, 31yrs, Chaplain and Mathematical Master at Addiscombe College, wife, Anna, 28yrs, 2 children, William 4yrs, Anne 1yr.

1871

Norfolk House, Shanklin, IOW. William H. Johnstone, 51yrs, Clergyman, without care of souls, daughters, Katharine 16yrs, and Sophia 14yrs.

1881

The Vicarage, Berden, Essex. William H. Johnstone, 61yrs, Vicar of Berden, Sophia Johnstone, 24yrs, Rebecca Davies, mother-in-law, Annuitant, plus 4 (military students) boarders, and 2 domestic servants.

1891

The Vicarage, Berden, Essex. William H. Johnstone, 71yrs, Vicar of Berden, wife Anna M., 68yrs, 2 granddaughters, Lea Johnstone, 2yrs and Dorothy, 2yrs., plus 2 domestic servants.

1901

“Addiscombe” Manor Road, Worthing. William H. Johnstone, 81yrs, Clergyman, wife, Anna, 78yrs.

Miscellaneous Information

Black and white photograph of cadets standing outside Addiscombe Military College

Addiscombe Seminary c1859

Addiscombe Military College was a British Military Academy at Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey, run by the East India Company for the purpose of training young officers to serve in the East India Company’s private army in India.

Worthing Gazette – Wednesday January 8th 1902

What is very properly described in the Heene Parish Magazine as “a fine monument” has recently been erected in the burial ground at Heene as a memorial to the late Rev. W.H. Johnstone, who, born on the 26th July 1819, was Chaplain and Professor of the Honourable East India Company’s Military College at Addiscombe, near Croydon, from 1843 to 1861; was Vicar of Berden in Essex, from 1875 to 1891; and died here on the 3rd April in the past year.

Ninety eight old Addiscombe cadets and orderly officers have erected the memorial, which consists of a grey granite Runic cross, seven feet in height, combined with a recumbent stone in red granite, bearing another cross; and among the distinguished officers whose names figure in the list of subscribers is the Commander-in-Chief, Earl Roberts, who left Addiscombe fifty years ago.