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Welcome to the Peter Johnstone Memorial Group website.
Fifer, Peter Johnstone played over 233 games for Celtic Football Club and was described in John Conway’s poem as.

A loyal servant you have been

Long may you wear the hoops of green
Your well-kent face of old be seen. On our own Paradise.
No warmer Celtic heart then thine
Long may your star ascendant shine
Full sure when Celtic made you sign
They booked a prize

John Conway 1913

Peter Johnston was born on 30 December 1887 at Cowdenbeath then around 1895, his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Johnston moved to the nearby mining village of Glencraig where a new colliery had been sunk. A keen footballer Peter signed for Celtic in 1908 and made his debut in April the following year, the first appearance of 233 for the Club. During this period Peter won four League Championships, two Scottish Cup Winners medals and also represented the Scottish League. Probably the best known Celt to have fallen in the Great War is centre-half and utility man. During this period Johnstone won four League Championships, two Scottish Cup Winners medals and also represented the Scottish League.Johnstone, a miner signed from Glencraig Celtic, was an idol of the Celtic faithful and was a deserved recipient of such accolade when he lifted his first Scottish Cup medal after the final with Clyde in 1912. In the same year he added another gong to his collection when Celtic met and beat Clyde in the Charity Cup final in an amazing tie that Celtic won by seven corners to nil.

Johnstone was part of the infamous side who contested for the ‘missing’ Ferencvaros Cup in Budapest against Burnley in 1914. The game ended in a draw and it was reluctantly agreed that a return would be played in Burnley. Celtic won and the trophy never materialised but compensation was afforded to Johnstone and his team mates when they secured the Double in 1914.

Johnstone volunteered to go to war firstly to the 14th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1916 and latterly the 6th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders.

Whilst eager to defend his country Johnstone was also always willing to assist the Celts and during his army training he travelled overnight from England to help his team mates oust Rangers from the Glasgow Cup on the 23rd of September 1916.

Peter JohnstoneTo the absolute shock of the Celtic faithful, Johnstone lost his life during the Battle of Arras which was fought on the 15-16th of May 1917. A Celtic Legend, Johnstone’s death was a huge loss to Celtic Football Club. A dedication to his memory is inscribed on Bay 8 of the Arras Memorial in the Fauborg d’Amiens Cemetery.

Peter was involved in very heavy fighting to capture a nearby chemical works between May 15th-16th. The Regimental casualty list over the 2 day Battle, reads 43 killed, 26 missing presumed dead and 51 wounded. Sadly Peter’s body was never recovered and his name is inscribed on the Arras Memorial to the Missing. Rumour of Peter’s death swept throughout Glasgow and was sadly confirmed on June 6th.

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