Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Albert John Johnson was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Bridgnorth, on 14th June, 1895. He was the son of John Johnson, a house painter and fireman, and his wife Annie. The family lived in Glen Place. In 1911 the 15 year-old Albert was working as errand boy for a boot retailer
Albert served with ‘A’ company, 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. He died of wounds, while a prisoner of the Germans, on 26th March, 1918, during the German Spring offensive. He is buried in Ontario Cemetery, Sains-les-Marquion.
Private Johnson, 50716, was awarded the Victory and British medals. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 20th July, 1918.
REPORTED MISSING [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 27th April, 1918] Mrs Johnson, 15 St. Leonard’s Close, has received official notice that her husband, 50716 Pte Albert J. Johnson, was posted as “missing” on March 23-24.
DIED OF WOUNDS [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 20th July, 1918] The Secretary of the International Red Cross at Geneva has written to Mrs A. Johnson, 15 St Leonard’s Close, Bridgnorth, concerning her husband Pte. A. J. Johnson, Cheshire Regiment, who was missing, saying:- “The following report appears on lists despatched from Berlin 25th April, 1918: ‘Johnson, Albert John, Pte., Cheshire Regt. (further details unknown), died 26th March, 1918, in Field Hospital at Sanch-y-Lostres, near Cambrai, in consequence of chest and stomach wounds. Grave 250’.” Pte Johnson was in 2 Platoon, A. Co., 11th Cheshires.
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