Royal Marines – HMS Fearless
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
HONOURS AND AWARDS
MONDAY, 11th OCTOBER 1982
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Queen’s Gallantry Medal to the undermentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic:
Acting Colour Sergeant Brian JOHNSTON, Royal Marines, PO23116X
Colour Sergeant Johnston, coxswain of LCU F4 was working in the vicinity of HMS ANTELOPE when her unexploded bomb detonated, starting an immediate fire which caused her crew, already at emergency stations, to be ordered to abandon ship. Without hesitation Colour Sergeant Johnston laid his craft alongside the ANTELOPE and began to fight the fire and take off survivors. At approximately 2200Z he was ordered to stay clear of the ship because of the severity of the fire and the presence of a second unexploded bomb. Colour Sergeant Johnston remained alongside until his load was complete. In all LCU F4 rescued over 100 survivors from the ANTELOPE.
On 8th June, LCU F4 was attacked by enemy aircraft in Choiseul Sound. During this action Colour Sergeant Johnston and five of his crew were killed.
Colour Sergeant Johnston’s selfless bravery in the face of extreme danger was in the highest traditions of the Corps.
Family and friends are encouraged to contribute.
We will add information to this memorial as we receive it.
If you have a photo, an anecdote, or simply to say you remember him, we will be very pleased to hear from you, so please contact the sama office at email@example.com
In 2022, as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations, geographical features were identified and named after the fallen of 1982. JOHNSTON ISLET is a small island 400 metres north east of Scott Island, in Choiseul Sound East Falkland.
It is in position
51° 50′ 50.97″ S, 058° 56′ 10.69″ W
Brian was also chosen to have a street named after him at the Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC). MPC is the base for British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI). JOHNSTON ROAD is located at
51° 49′ 43.49″ S, 058° 27′ 44.81″ W