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Arthur Henry Johnson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/409 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 September 1893 AWMM LumsdenSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 14 August 1914 AWMM Meadow Street, Lumsden, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 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
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Battle of the Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/409 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 14 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Painter AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded May 1914, Dardanelles AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Evacuated to England AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Seventh son of William Charles (senior) and Anne (nee Lawson) Johnson of Lumsden, Southland

    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 Arthur attended Lumsden Primary school. At school he joined the Lumsden Cadets and travelled with the Cadets group to see the Christchurch Exhibition in 1906. The Lumsden troop was rated highly by the Commander of the Cadets.

    Wounded in May 1915 he spent some time on the Hospital ships recovering before being evacuated to England. on HS Letetia.

    In England he spent 1 month in an Edgbaston hospital and in June recuperated at Weymouth; then to was sent to Cliveden. His sister Annie named her ninth child Arthur Cliveden Richards (12734) (born 1 January 1916) after this recuperation home in Buckinghamshire, England.

    At the end of February 1916 he rejoined his unit in Moascar, Egypt was appointed Lance Corporal unpaid, 3 April 1916. The Battalion embarked for France on 6 April 1916.

    Arthur was killed in the Battles on the Somme. He was reported missing during the Battle of Morval and at a Court of Enquiry convened after killed in action. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM
    • Family memorial, namesake, special name AWMM

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