CHARLES EDWIN JOHNSON 

Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 27950.
Regiment: 18th Bn. Welsh Regiment Killed In Action Tuesday 9th April 1918 Age 20County Memorial Macclesfield
Commemorated\Buried CROIX-DU-BAC BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK
Grave\Panel Ref: III.A.2.
France

Born on the 29th January 1898 Charles was the eldest son of Levi and Mary Johnson, 37 Water Street, Macclesfield. The 1911 census shows that the family had moved to 100 Maple Street, Hollinwood, Oldham. Levi worked as an assurance agent, they had eight children, one of which had sadly died, they were Kate age 14, she was working as a nut and bolt finisher, Charles 13, working as a cotton piercer, Mabel 11, Levi 6, John William 4, Florence 2 and Henry George listed as under one month.

By 1914 the family were back in Macclesfield, living at 57 Crompton Road, Levi was working as a photographer.  Charles tried to enlisted age 16 but was rejected because of his age, just over a year later age 17 he enlisted into the 18th battalion Welsh Regiment.

De Ruvignys Roll has an entry it states: Charles enlisted in February 1915, and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from May 1916, being employed as a signaller instructor; he was offered a commission in 1917, but preferred to remain with the signalling section; he took part in many engagements, including Bourlon Wood 23 November 1917, where he was wounded. He was killed in action near Cambrai 9th April 1918 by the explosion of a shell.

His Commanding officer Lieut-Col W.E Brown wrote: “had he lived I would have recommended him for a decoration. He was an excellent soldier, always keen and taking a great interest in his work of N.C.O. in charge of battalion signals”

 

The war dairy for the period Charles fell states: April 9th to 13th At 4:20am Enemy barraged our front line and attacked in force, battalion fought a rear-guard action until 13th April.

When the war graves commission collated information Levi and Mary had moved to 18 Brunswick Square, Macclesfield.

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2018