Topic: Lance Corporal George Amos Johnson

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds received in the fight for Bapaume.

Lance Corporal  George Amos Johnson  - 26269 George Amos Johnson 

George was born at Lakeside on 4 April 1896, son of Charles and Beatrice Johnson. Before enlisting he was working as a labourer, his last employer Mr J Campbell, Lakeside. He was 5ft 10 ½ in tall with a dark complexion, green eyes and dark hair.                                                           

George enlisted on 30 May 1916 and was assigned to 17th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company. After training at Trentham he embarked on 23 September on board the Pakeha for England, arriving in Devonport on 18 November 1916. He marched into Sling the same day and left for France on 9 December reaching Base Depot at Etaples a day later.  He joined the 2nd Battalion Canterbury Regiment in the field on 7 January 1917. He was sent to hospital sick on 23 February with mumps at St Omer being discharged to duty 15 March and re-joined his unit 2 days later. Later in the year he was the victim of a mustard gas and sent to hospital again on 16 October being admitted to 8th General Hospital in Rouen. He was injured badly enough that he was transferred to England and admitted to Brockenhurst Hopsital on 21 October. It was 1st December before he was well enough to go on to Hornchurch to convalesce and later to Codford on 11 January 1918. On 25 March he was back at Sling Camp and left for France on 14 April 1918, reaching Etaples on 17 April. He joined the Canterbury Regiment in the field on 26 April. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 July. Sadly he suffered gunshot wounds to his legs on 25 August when the Canterbury Regiment were involved in the savage fighting to drive the Germans out of Bapaume. Taken up by field ambulance he was taken to a casualty clearing station and then by ambulance train to 5th General Hospital in Rouen. He died of his wounds a couple of weeks later on 18 September 1918. He was buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime. George is remembered on the Leeston plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial.

 Portrait provided to Cenotaph by grand-nephew Chris Cooke.

Researched and written by L M Seaton



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Lance Corporal George Amos Johnson

First Names:George Amos
Last Name:Johnson
Date of Birth:4 April 1896
Place of Birth:Lakeside, Canterbury
Date of Death:18 September 1918
Place of Death:Rouen, France
Memorial or Cemetery:St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
Age at death:22
User Name:L M Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Farm Labourer
Marital Status:single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Enlistment details:30 May 1916
Parents or Next of Kin:Charles Johnson
Service Number:26269
Rank last held:Lance Corporal
Embarkation:23 September 1916
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Died of wounds
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