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Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Thanks for that Adrian.
Yes, I guess that it is possible (likely?) he would have been conscripted in 1916 anyway. When he would have been 18 (for real!). And they didn't have any choice as to regiment? So he might have gone into to the MGC.
Anyway, this chap is just a possibility, I'm sure that Janice will find her man in due course.
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:24 am
Sorry for the delay in replying.
Following a previous suggestion, I have been investigating John Johnson son of Mary Jane Lock of Fincham and have found a service record for him. A statement from his mother dated 21Aug1919 gives details of his relatives which include his brother Henry, aged 20, address 2nd Norfolk Regiment, India - it sounds as if he became a regular soldier.
The details given tie up with census records. His father Thomas died in 1909 and his mother married Mills Lock in 1911.
This has convinced me that we have the right Henry. Now to try and find any descendants of him or his sister Violet.
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:53 pm
Hi Janice52, I saw your letter in November WDYTYA magazine and can add some data for you. This soldier served during WW1 only in the MGC and because he was not awarded a Star, he went overseas sometime after 1 Jan 1916. His Norfolk details are not recorded on the medal card because that was a re-enlistment after the war finished, when incentives were available in the form of cash bounty's for men to re-enlist to fill shortages in the Army, particularly the occupation of Germany, due to so many being discharged in their 100,000's in early 1919. Research in the surviving Norfolk service records reveal the following: Norfolk reg't enlistments: soldier 72701 re-enlisted 10/7/19; 72718 15/11/19; 72730 4/8/19 and 72742 2/3/19; thus Johnson 72695 re-enlisted early-mid 1919 having previously been in the MGC. If you would kindly contact me direct on GLJATOZEMAIL COM AU (all lower case) I will be able to help you further. WW1 soldier research is my hobby. Regards Lyndale (Graham) Melbourne AU.
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:06 pm
[quote]This has convinced me that we have the right Henry. Now to try and find any descendants of him or his sister Violet.[quote]
Henry married Gertrude Emmerson 1924
26 Council Houses Downham
Johnson Henry E b 13 Nov 1898 Shepherd
Johnson Gertrude 24 Oct 1903
Johnson Elsie 22 June 1925 ( married 19 April 1945 WALKER)
Johnson Arthur D 21 July 1927
Johnson Thomas A 20 June 1930
Johnson Herbert 30 Sept 1936
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Thank you to everyone who has replied to my post.
We have now managed to contact a descendant of Henry and the bible has been passed on to her.
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:50 am
Hi Janice, a final piece of the jigsaw for you. I've been in touch with the owner of the MGC research website and he's told me that MGC number 119732 was in the series issued to recruits of the MGC in late September 1917, which now identifies when Henry was mobilised during WW1 for initial training. MGC training lasted 3 months, suggesting Henry arrived overseas (I assume France?) about Dec 1917 or Jan 1918. In the 1919 Absent Voters List, his unit "Co.3 MGC" doesn't pin down where he fought, because he failed to declare his MGC battalion number. Glad to see you finally found a descendant to hand the bible over, cheers Lyndale (Graham).
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