When the Census was taken in 1901, 5 year old Harry was living with his parents, William and Elizabeth, at 33 Charles Street, Cheadle. His sister, Ada, was just 10 days old. Nothing is known of his early life until he enlisted into the army at Manchester.
His inscription on the Stockport War Memorial is not amongst the names of men who served with the Manchester Regiment bit with other regiments from Lancashire. Harry had joined the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry – a cavalry formation of the Territorial Force – and he served overseas with them. By the time Harry enlisted trench warfare meant there was little need for cavalry and many Yeomanry units were retrained as infantry. On 24 September 1917, Harry and his comrades joined the infantry as members of 12th Manchesters.
On the day Harry was killed, the Battalion moved into the front line , relieving the 6th Northumberland Fusiliers at a position on the Passchendaele Ridge from Turenne Crossing to Gravel Farm. The Battalion History records that there was very heavy artillery fire around Tranquille farm. “One shell accounted for the whole of “C” Company HQ, Captain J Thomson, 2nd Lieutenant E J Suter and Lieutenant A H Dickson and 23 other ranks were wounded. 2nd Lieutenant C H Snell and 16 other ranks were reported missing.” Harry was, presumably, among the 16 missing but he had, in fact, been killed.
After the war, Mr & Mrs Johnson were living at 114 Daw Bank Stockport.