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William Charles Johnson

Portrait of William Charles Johnson and his wife Margaret Johnson. William is wearing a RSA badge on his coat lapel. (kindly provided family) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/408 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 January 1890 AWMM HolmesdaleSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Meadow Street, Lumsden, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Anne Johnson (mother), Lumsden, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/408 AWMM
  • Military service
    Defence cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9.5 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fresh AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      August 1915 Admitted 16th Casualty Clearing Station, ANZAC with debility; transferred to Mudros, then London Duchess of Connaught Hospital AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      May 1916 invalided to New Zealand AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 3 November 1916 AWMM
    No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service AWMM
    Private AWMM
    Otago Infantry Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Fifth son of William Charles (senior) Johnson and Ann (nee Lawson) Johnson of Lumsden, Southland

    Husband of Margaret Maria Matilda nee Irwin; father of Annie (born 12 August 1920), William Arthur (born 22 August 1921) and Gordon (born 1923)

    Two sons, brothers Arthur Henry Johnson (8/409) kia and William Charles Johnson (8/408) served in WW1.

    His parents migrated from the East End, London to settle near Lumsden in 1881. They worked initially on farms or farm servicing. William Charles senior died of chest problems at a young 38 years in 1893.

    The family then moved into Lumsden where William attended Lumsden Primary school.

    As a youngster he enjoyed fishing and eeling in the Oret Rover, trapping rabbits and playing rugby. As a young adult he played senior rugby for the Lumsden Club.

    Before WW1 William joined the Lumsden cadets. he worked at grocery and clerical jobs

    Embarked for the Dardanelles 12 April 1915

    Served overseas 1 year 235 days; total service 2 years 82 days

    After the war he moved back to the town of Brown's in Southland and he resumed work at the local grocery store.

    He married Margaret at Margaret's relatives place just outside of Browns in 1919. They settled in Queenstown where William worked as a clerk at Royd's Grocery store.

    Presented with a special medallion by the Browns community.

    William continued to play rugby, becoming Captain of the senior side of the Queenstown Rugby Club for 2 years.

    They then moved to Invercargill, where William started up his own grocery business.

    In 1925 William had developed a cough, tuberculosis. The family moved back to a drier climate of Queenstown. Unfortunately his health worsened and William died at the early age of 35.

    His family remember William as a caring and helpful person to his family and to the community. The wider Johnson family remember him as a dependable, hardworking teenager who grew to be an adult who was always prepared to help others.

    Served as William Johnson aka added later as William Charles Johnson AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 July 1925 Military Personnel File
    Age 35 AWMM
    QueenstownOtago Military Personnel File
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Queenstown Cemetery, New Zealand AWMM Presbyterian, Block 9, Plot 26 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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