"Colonel William Johnston, C.B., L.L.D., M.D., Army Med. Staff. Johnston was a medical officer of the army and a well-known antiquarian. He became surgeon-major of the army in 1877. From the British Medical Journal, Jan. 2, 1915, page 54: "He saw active service in South Africa in 1878 and again in the Zulu War in 1879. He was mentioned in dispatches and received a medal and clasp. He commanded a bearer company in the New-Castle Field Force in the first Boer War of 1881. During the Boer War he accepted temporary employment, from 1899-1901, at the War Office as assistant director-general of the Army Medical Department. For his services at the War Office during war he was made a C.B. and promoted to the rank of colonel in 1902."