Sergeant Arthur Johnson

Thank you to Margaret Dennis for this research.

Arthur was the son of Robert Chaplin Johnson born in Westcott and Lucy Ann Johnson born in Chelsea who lived at 3 Vincent’s Road, Dorking.

Arthur had enlisted in August 1914, his address was 25 Jackson Street, Toorak, Victoria, Australia. Australian Imperial Force Embarkation Roll 1914 shows he was a Corporal, 6th Infantry Battalion, “H” Company on Embarkation date 19 Oct 1914, departing from Melbourne, Victoria, in Transport Ship A20 Hororata. As he was single his mother Lucy, at Edwards Rd, Croydon was given as next of kin.

Arthur’s father Robert’s occupation as an accountant meant he moved around the country. Arthur and his 3 siblings were born in Great Shelford, Cambridge between 1879 and 1884, and by 1891 the Johnson family was living at Wellesley Rd, Croydon.

By the 1901 Census, Arthur aged 19, was serving as a Gunner in Royal Marine Artillery, at Gibraltar. In 1911, Arthur was still with RM Artillery, single and stationed in Portsmouth.

In 1901 and 1911, his parents had a wholesale stationery business in Croydon where son George and daughter Lucy were working in the business. Daughter Alice was a teacher. The family were still in Croydon in early 1912 when the father Robert died.

Son of                    Robert Chaplin and Lucy Ann Johnson of 3, Vincent’s Road, Dorking, Surrey

Born                        Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire

Regiment                 6th Battalion. Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force
Number                   895

Date of Death          15th August 1915
Place of Death         Gallipoli
Cause of Death        Killed in Action

Age                          33

Cemetery                 Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli