Corporal
Percy Johnson

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About Percy

  • Name
    Percy
  • Initials
    P
  • Surname
    Johnson
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    10415/104821
  • Rank
    Corporal
  • Regiment
    Machine Gun Corps

Biography

Corporal Johnson was with a group of “Four ‘Tank’ Boys” who were “highly delighted” when they stopped for a cup of tea on Peterborough East Station on 22 October 1916.

With so little information it has not be possible to positively identity this soldier, but believe he may be Percy Johnson.  Percy served as a Lance Corporal with the Manchester Regiment and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in the rank of Corporal before being commissioned to the Tank Corps on 28 August 1917, as an officer.

He served in France from 8 November 1915 and was awarded the British War and Victory medals and the ’15 Star.

The address on his medal card is 76 Russell Street, Moss Side, Manchester.  However, he was not living at this address at the time of the 1911 Census.

There is a report of a Court of Enquiry held at Headquarters 18th (S) Battalion Manchester Regiment on 29 June 1916, to enquire into the circumstances under which a number men were injured by a bomb explosion.  One of the men injured was Percy Johnson.  The Company Sergeant Major reported that he had been supervising the issue of bombs when he heard a shout of “Look out” followed by an explosion.  He interviewed the least injured men and it appears that somebody had dropped a bomb at the door of a tent.  The men who had been overhauling the bombs before issue reported that the bombs were in a very bad condition, being rusty, with base plates not screwed tight with the possibility of pins falling out, but confirmed they had been put right before issue.  There were statements confirming hearing the shout, followed by men running and then the explosion, but no-one saw who dropped the bomb.  The Officer responsible confirmed that all bombs had been inspected before issue.  The Commanding Officer concluded that the bombs were delivered in a faulty condition and the reason for his request to have them overhauled.  He came to the opinion that there was no culpable negligence on the part of anyone. https://www.themanchesters.org/Look%20Out.html

With so little information it has not been possible to find any census information on this soldier.

Could Percy could be related to you?  If so, please get in touch as we would like to know more about him.

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