Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Albert Joseph Johnson was baptised at St Leonard’s on 15 June, 1892. His parents were Joseph and Agnes Johnson who ran a public house in St Mary Street. Albert was educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School. By 1911, he was articled to an auctioneer in Rugby.
Albert volunteered for the war on 21 January, 1915. He joined the 2/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment – a second line Battalion originally intended only for service at home. He was promoted to Sergeant just before being sent to France on 22nd May 1916. He went missing on 19th July, 1916 during the Attack at Fromelles – the 61st Division’s disastrous first action on the Somme. Albert is buried at the Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers.
Serg Johnson, 266341, was awarded the Victory and British Medals.
OLD BOY NOTES [Bridgnorth Grammar School Magazine, December 1916] We regret to report that Sgt. A. J. Johnson, Pte C. N. Wightman and Signaller A Stokes are still among the missing. We sympathise most deeply with their parents who are suffering such terrible and protracted anxiety. . . . With regard to Sergt. A. J. Johnson, he has been missing since July 19th when the 2/7th Royal Warwicks atttacked the German line. The officer commanding C Co. writes: "Owing to the attack failing on the flank a number of our men were cut off. We have hopes that a number of these are prisoners. This, I hope, was the case with your son, who was a splendid N.C.O., highly efficient in every respect."
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg. For news of updates follow @BridgnorthHeros on Twitter.