DIVISIONAL UNIT: 4th Canadian Infantry Division
10th Infantry Brigade
47th Battalion - Western Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654233
RESIDENCE: East Wawanosh Township – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: February 27, 1897
London - England
DATE OF DEATH: August 10, 1918. 21 years 5 months
CEMETERY: Warvillers Churchyard Extension – Warvillers –
Somme – France
MOTHER: Mrs. Elizabeth Hex – Brixton – London – England
NEXT OF KIN: Thomas Hutton, Esquire – Wingham - Ontario
Occupation: Farmer. Religion: Methodist.
Enlistment: Wingham – January 11, 1916 into 161st Huron Battalion.
Enlistment Age: 19 years.
The 161st Battalion in England on November 11, 1916.
Private Johnson was Struck off Strength of the 161st Battalion in early March of 1918 after transferring to the
47th Battalion. He arrived overseas in France on March 8, 1918 and joins his unit on March 14, 1918.
Private Johnson and the men in his Company were involved in an attack made from the vicinity of Warvillers against enemy positions situated just east of Fouquescourt. Here he was slightly wounded and started to move to the regimental aid post with the assistance of a comrade. While they passed through the village of Fouquescourt an enemy shell exploded very close and both men were killed instantly. Private Johnson’s wounds were to the head and chest.
The Battalion diaries state the strength was 33 Officers / 749 other ranks. During the advance, the 47th was behind the
44th Battalion with “A” & “C” Companies in assault position with “B” & “D” Companies in support. At 10:15 am the advance began with heavy enemy artillery fire coming down. As the advance continued they came under heavy machine gun fire near Fouquescourt and the advance was checked. “A” Company advanced making contact with the enemy and engaging them. With the aid of the 44th Battalion, “A” Company rushed to village and set up defensive lines. “C” Company was engaged with enemy machine gun nests and posts. They leap frogged the 44th Battalion and advanced until again being stopped by enemy fire. The enemy was holding out and the 47th Battalion consolidated Memalars Trench.