In the edition of 14 June 1915, the Herald announced that William Henry Johnston VC had been killed in action on 8 June.
As a Captain in the Royal Engineers, on 14 September 1914, at Missy on the River Aisne in France, William crossed the river seven times in a raft under constant fire to rescue men and deliver ammunition. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery.
William died at Ypres, having been promoted to Major.
William’s mother lived in Kew at the time and a window was erected in his honour in St Luke’s Church, Kew.