Robert Corrie Johnstone was born in Kirkcaldy on February 20, 1905.
He came to Kortrijk (West Flanders – Belgium) in march 1925. He came as a student but worked later in Kortrijk as a flax merchant.
He played football in the local club ‘Kortrijk Sport’. According to some sources, he even became a trainer or coach of this team.
In April 1949 he returned back to Kirkcaldy (Victoria Hotel).
On July 3, 1941 he married in Kitale (Kenya) Evelyn Winifred West. However, she stayed oddly enough, never in Kortrijk.