We have been contacted by David, Franks Great Grandson... who came across the posting of James and was over joyed to see the story he had heard told so often as a child featured here. David as sent in some great old photo's and pictures. I'll let David take over from here.
It was great to see an old relative on the website and I would like to share some information regarding his brother Frank Johnston – my great grandfather.
Frank was born 1872 and died in 1940. He was a runner and in his youth was running professional handicap races and quite successful if the trophies above have anything to do with it. He then worked as a Fitter/Engineer for Crossley Brothers in Gorton and then later he travelled and sold miners safety lamps around the Yorkshire coalfields.
He was a car owner through the 20’s and 30’s so must have done quite well. He lived much of his life at King George Road – next door to his son Robert and family. If anyone has any further information about Frank I would be happy to hear from them.
This is a photo of Frank with 3 running trophies – I still have the one in the centre.
Frank with his 4 brothers – James is the one that did a handstand from St Georges. I’m trying to trace the other brothers as far as I can.
This photo with the safari outfit is one I have no information about but like to think Frank travelled to Africa to install one of the gas engines.