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 Vincents 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.

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