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Name:
William Edward Johnson
Casualty No.:
Initials:
W E
Service No.:
6/1423
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Low Startforth
Age at Death:
40
Ranks:
Sergeant
Unit:
1/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
Barnard Castle
Civilian Employment:
Secretary of Barnard Castle Co-op
Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
28-January-1916
Place of Death:
France
Battles & Campaigns:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Durham Cemetery Memorial at the Perth Cemetery
Buried:
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Family Details:

Son of Robert Johnson of Startforth. Stepson of Mrs E Johnson.

Notes:

William played an important role in Barnard Castle life; he was secretary of the Co-operative Society. He was also a Lay Reader of the church and secretary of its Youth Guild. At an earlier point he had played an important role in the daily running of the Bowes Museum.

In a letter to William's stepmother, Captain T Bernard Heslop writes about how he 'showed a splendid spirit of self- sacrifice' during the time he served in Flanders.  

Teesdale Mercury-03/02/1915: Local and other notes: special service

Teesdale Mercury-12/05/1915: Local and other notes: In charge of platoon

Teesdale Mercury-09/06/1915: Local and other notes: Letter home

Teesdale Mercury-16/02/1916: Local and other notes: Home on leave

Teesdale Mercury-15/03/1916: Roll of Honour Notice

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First Name: Private Individual; Last Name: www.newmp.org.uk; Private Individual; Initials: www.newmp.org.uk; Private Individual; Unit: St Mary's data; Service Number: St Mary's data; Date of Birth: St Mary's data; Place of Birth: St Mary's data; Civilian Employment: St Mary's data; Age at Death: Teesdale Mercury 15.03.1916 - Page 5: Column 5; Cause of Death: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Date of Death Year: Private Individual; Overseas Commemorated: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Notes: Teesdale Mercury 15.03.1916 - Page 5: Column 5; Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914;