41704 4th Kings Own Liverpool Regiment
Killed in Action 20th November 1917
in Belgium, aged 27
Lived at 12 Kendall St.
Buried in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery Belgium
Burnley Express 12th
BORN IN ARMY, KILLED IN ACTION (Burnley
Express 12th December 1917)
It will be a matter of regret
to his many friends in Burnley to learn that Lce,-Corpl. William Johnson,
41704, of the King’s Liverpool Regiment, whose wife resides at 12,
Kendall-street, Burnley, was killed in action on November 20th. He was
26 years of age, and previous to enlistment was employed by Messrs. Grimshaw,
brewers Burnley. In religious life he was identified with St. Aidan’s
Mission, King-street. It was in the sporting life of the town that the
deceased soldier had gained a reputation.
For several seasons he was a member of the Burnley Reserve team, with
which he played with some degree of success in the seasons 1911-12-13-14,
appearing in all on 28 occasions, generally, not always, at half-back.
He was the holder of several gold medals for his prowess on the football
field. One medal was achieved when playing with St. Aidan’s cricket
team when they won the Hospital cup.
Lce.-Corpl. Johnson springs from a military family, and was born at Aldershot,
while his father was stationed there, and afterwards migrated to India
along with his parents, and eventually settled in Burnley some eleven
years ago, since which time he had gained the esteem and respect of a
large section of the social and sporting section of the community.
His father, Col.-Sergt.-Major Walter Johnson, has 24 years service with
the colours, including the Boer War, and is now serving with the King’s
Liverpools at Oswestry, while his brother, Sergt. Walter Johnson, also
of the King’s Own, will shortly leave England with his regiment
for East Africa.
The deceased soldier joined the Army on June 6th last year, and received
his training at Whitchurch and Pembroke Docks, and was then drafted to
France, whence after a short period he was invalided home, and was sent
to Cardiff for treatment, and on recovery returned to France, on September
4th, of the present year. Since that time he has gone through many a trying
A memorial service to his honour will be held at St. Aidan’s Mission
on Saturday next.