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Ewart Gladstone Johnson

Headstone of Rifleman Ewart Gladstone Johnson (59208). Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, France. New Zealand War Graves Trust (FRJK4679). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Headstone of Rifleman Ewart Gladstone Johnson (59208). Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Franc …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ewart Gladstone AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 59208 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Australia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Sydney, Australia Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of William Charles & Mrs JOHNSON Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs W.C. Johnson (mother), care of Mrs Smale, Clifford Street, Whataupoko, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 May 2023 - Military Record


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Le Quesnoy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 59208 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Biograph operator/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Ewart Johnson was the son of W. C. and F. L. Johnson, of 18 Willis St., Palmerston North, New Zealand. Born at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. AWMM
    • Advice has been received by Mrs. J Johnson that her son, Private E. G. Johnson, better known as "Jack," was admitted to hospital in France suffering from trench fever. Before leaving for the front he was engaged in cinematograph operating at the Opera House. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 May 2023 - POVERTY BAY HERALD, VOLUME XLV, ISSUE 14582, 18 APRIL 1918, PAGE 6
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About death

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  • Death
    4 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Le QuesnoyFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM I. A. 19. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Mrs Johnson, of Mangapapa, has received the following kindly letter from Second-Lieut. W. McClure, of the 2nd Battalion, N.Z.R.B., dated France, Nov 20 1918 - I ask you to please accept my sympathy in your sad lost of your son, Rifleman E. G. Johnson. I quite understand that any words of mine will do very little towards the healing of the wound you have received. Your son was a member of my platoon and although not a long time with me I soon got to know him and learned that he was a man worth having. He was one of my Lewis gunners and proved himself capable and brave lad. When we made our last and very successful battle at Le Quesnoy on the 4th November 1918 your son was with me and while using his gun against an enemy post he was killed instantaneously by a piece of shell. I was within three yards of him when he became a casualty and I knew immediately I had lost one of my best. We buried your son in a little cemeterv close to the gates of Le Quesnoy, alongside others of our comrades who fell on the same day. I sincerely trust, Mrs Johnson, that you bear your loss with a stout heart and always remember that your dear son lost his life in the great battle for liberty in which our Empire has been fighting for the past four years. Trusting that these humbling lines will be accepted in the spirit in which they are sent. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 22 May 2023 - POVERTY BAY HERALD, VOLUME XLVI, ISSUE 14829, 5 FEBRUARY 1919, PAGE 2
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Pugsley, C. (2018). Le Quesnoy, 1918 : New Zealand's Last Battle. Auckland, New Zealand : Oratia. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      72: 28 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • NZEF CASUALTIES — LE QUESNOY As noted in the Appendix of Dr Christopher Pugsley’s book: Le Quesnoy 1918: New Zealand’s Last Battle. This list was compiled by Richard Stowers and Herb Farrant, and added to by Christopher Pugsley. Please forward any additional names and details to the author through Oratia Media. The list covers period 1–7 November 1918 and those who died after from wounds received in this period. AWMM


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06 March 2024Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
22 May 2023Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher

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