Altrincham WW1 

Ronald Lindsay Johnson

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:23rd Div Tr.M. Bty
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Field Artillery
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:BelgiumGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Brandhoek Cemetery, Ypres
Town Memorial:Dunham & Altrincham
Extra Information:
Born during the December quarter 1889 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref: 8a/172,
the son of William Henry & Agnes Morton Johnson (nee Brown).   4th &
youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Johnson.

1891 Census - Oldfield, Dunham Massey, Altrincham.   Son - aged: 4 - born:
Dunham Massey.   No head of household listed, but there were 4 elder
siblings, plus a Governess and 5 domestic servants.

1901 Census - No Trace.

He attended Summerfields College, Oxford & Eton College.

1911 Census - "Woodleigh", Bradgate Road, Dunham Massey.    Son - aged: 21
- occ: Student Undergraduate, Cambridge University, studying Classics -
born: Dunham Massey.    Head of household - Agnes Morton Johnson - Wife -
aged: 59 - born: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.   Plus 1 younger sister and 7
domestic servants.   No trace of his father.

His father - William Henry Johnson died in 1914, aged: 64.

Obtained an Honours degree in Classics at Cambridge, where he was a member
of the OTC.   In 1912 he went to Australia and entered the Sydney Branch of
Messrs. R. Johnson, Clapham & Morris - his father was the Chairman &
Managing Director of the Company.   After two years there, he returned to
England at the outbreak of war in August 1914.    He was drafted to the
front in August 1915 - wounded in September 1916, but returned to the 
front in December 1916.

H.Q. Trench Mortar Bty.

The 03/10/1916 edition of the local newspaper reports that on the 20th
September 1916, just 2 days after returning to the front from furlow, he
had been wounded when a bullet passed through his steel helmet, piercing
his right ear.   It also reported that he was in hospital and recovering

The same newspaper also carried a report that Rev. Alan D. Johnson of
"Woodleigh", had been at Mudros & Egypt for 11 months and was home on
furlow.  He had returned on the 29th September to re-join his Brigade in
Egypt - Lt. Johnson's brother.

Commemorated on the private family gravestone in St. Mary's, Bowdon that
states he died on the 27th May.   Grave No. 1408.

Kia at near Ypres, Belgium.     His eldest brother - Captain William Morton
Johnson also died on active service. 

M.I. - "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God".

The 26/10/1917 edition of the local newspaper reported on his will dated
the 7th December 1916.      He left property worth £16,263 to his brothers
- the Rev. Alan Douglas Johnson, Chaplain to the forces, "The Mallinsons",
Currier lane, Ashton-under-Lyne;  Arthur Lawrence Johnson, "Southcote",
Cambridge Rd, Linthorpe, Middlesborough;  and to his cousin  Lieutenant
Howard Fife Johnson, who was KiA serving with the 5th Bn, East Kent Rgt on
the 9th March 1917.   There's a further report in the 08/06/1917 edition of
the local newspaper.

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1918.

CWGC - Son of William Henry & Agnes Morton Johnson of Altrincham.

Memorials found on:
St. Mark's (Dunham Town)
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
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