Frank JOHNSON
Rank: Private
Number: 10685
Unit: 2nd Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
Date of Death: 19 September 1925
Age: 33
Cemetery: Norbury Church, Hazel Grove, Cheshire

The 1901 Census records that the Johnson family was living at 6 Albion Place, Hazel Grove. The head of the household was 45 year old William Johnson, a wood sawyer. His wife, Mary, was 39. Frank was then 9 and the Census form also records his brothers and sisters - Harry (17), Ernest (15), Hannah (14), Rebecca (11), Edith (6), Mary (3) and Jenny (1).

The Regimental Museum has supplied information which confirms that in June or July 1912, Frank enlisted into the army as a regular soldier and that he served with No. 12 Section, 11th Platoon, "C" Company of the 2nd Battalion.

When War was declared in August 1914, the Battalion was in Lebong, India and did not arrive back in the UK until 22 December. Frank probably had time to visit family, on leave, before they went overseas again, to France, on 16 January 1915. Frank was taken prisoner at the Battle of Frezenberg, on 8 May, and spent the rest of the War in captivity.

When Frank eventually returned home, he was suffering from a mental illness and, as was usual in those days, he was committed to a mental hospital near St Helens. He died, several years later, still a patient, from osteo-myelitis - an infection on the spine.

Further information about Frank can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

   
           
   
     
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