John Robson Johnson


About John Robson

  • Name
    John Robson
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    16 September 1895
  • Birth town
    Blackhill, County Durham
  • Resided town
    Wallsend, Newcastle
  • Commemorated
    St Imoges Churchyard, Marne, France, and Wesleyan Methodist Church, Wallsend.
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Dispenser Chemist

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Royal Army Medical Corps


John Robson Johnson was born on 16 September 1895 in Blackhill, County Durham. He was the son of John George, a marine boiler shop clerk, and Elizabeth (nee Armstrong) Johnson. He had a sister Gladys. The family are listed on the 1901 and 1911 Census as living at 161 Vine Street, Wallsend, Newcastle.

John attended Buddle Infants School, Wallsend from 16 January 1901 to 19 December 1902, then Buddle Junior Mixed School from January 1903 until 1904 and finally Buddle Senior Mixed School from 1 January 1905 to 8 January 1906.

Prior to joining the Army John worked as a dispenser in a chemist. He enlisted on 21 December 1915, at Gateshead, County Durham. His medical inspection report shows he was 5 foot 4½ inches tall with a chest measurement of 33½ inches.

Private Johnson served with 2/3 West Riding Field Ambulance, qualified as a dispenser with extra pay. He embarked from Southampton on 11 January 1917, disembarking at Le Havre the following day, as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

In the latter part of July 1918, the unit were involved in evacuating the wounded along a route from Champillion to Serimer, to Pourcy, and to St Imoges. Private Johnson was killed in action on 1 August 1918. His grave registration states that he was killed in an enemy air raid. The War Diaries for the 2/3 West Riding Field Ambulance show that the unit was based at St. Imoges on 1 August 1918 with the 185th Brigade.

Private Johnson’s family paid for his headstone to read: “Youth’s Duty, Love’s Sacrifice, God’s Victory”.

His parents’ address was St Imoges, Murray Road, Willington Quay, Northumberland, it appears that his parents named their house after the cemetery that their son is buried in.

A list of personal possessions were returned to John’s father on 2 November 1918, which included a diary, a fountain pen and a silver watch. A note stated that some items were not received due to a parcel being damaged in transit.

The Register of Personal Effects shows he left £8, 17s, 6d and that a gratuity of £12 was also paid.

His father signed for his British War & Allied Victory Medals on 1 May 1921.

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