11056 7th Seaforth Highlanders
Died of Wounds 12th October 1916
on the Somme, aged 20
Lived at 59 Broughton St.
Buried in Bazentin-Le-Petit Cemetery France
Burnley Express 4/11/1916
BURNLEY HIGHLANDERS DEATH (BURNLEY
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, of 59 Brougham-street, Burnley,
had previously been notified that the elder of their two boys serving
with the forces, Pte. Ernest Johnson 11056, of the Seaforth Highlanders,
had been admitted to a base hospital severely wounded, but without any
interim message they have been officially informed that he died the following
day, Oct 12. he was a fine sturdy lad, and he joined up on Oct 9th 1915,
and he has been at the front about eight months, only having a short training.
He was formerly a weaver at Mr. T. Pickles' Cairo Mill, Whittlefield and
the family previously resided in that locality, where they were very well
known. He was connected with Claremont School. Another brother, Wilfred,
who was also a weaver at the same mill, has been out seven or eight weeks
with the Kings Own Royal Lancaster's.
Fulfilling a compact made with the unfortunate soldier, Pte. D. McColm
of the same battalion of the Seaforths, now in hospital at Belfast, wrote
to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, enquiring about Ernest's fate. " He and
I were chums", he wrote " ever since we went to the front. we
gave one another our addresses, so that if anything should happen to either
of us the other would write home. Ernest was wounded on Wednesday the
11th, and I was wounded the following day, the 12th. Some of the men that
were with him at the time told me he was rather badly wounded with machine
gun fire. He got safely away to the dressing station. I hope he is all
right. He was a nice quite lad and a chum."