Lawrence Andrew JOHNSON
Rank: Private
Number: 2380
Unit: 4th Platoon, A Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 August 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Lawrence Johnson and his parents, John & Florence, had only moved to Cheadle Hulme in the summer of 1914 and he was not well known in the village. They had probably moved from Stockport, where Lawrence had been born. The family lived at 8 Granby Road but, later, his parents moved to The Limes, Park Road, Buxton.

He enlisted in September 1914 at Manchester and had trained at Southport. When his death was reported in the local newspaper it suggested that he had not gone on active service until June 1915. On 23 July, 42nd Division was reinforced  by 47 officers and 1500  men and Lawrence will have been one of these coming direct from England to replace the losses of the previous weeks - most notably the attack on 4 June.

A few days later, Lawrence went into the front line with the Battalion and, on 7 August, took part in his first and last action.

The attack was a failure. Approximately 250 men had left the safety of their trenches. Lawrence was one of 71 who did not return. A letter to his parents suggested that he had been seriously wounded in the back of his head during the charge. His death was not confirmed until 31 December 1915, but, as with so many at Gallipoli, his body was never recovered and identified.

   
           
   
     
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