WW1 MISSING SOLDIER

Can You Help?

By P Faulkner

Members of the Old Meeting House in Mansfield have been tracing where the 22 members of their congregation who lost their lives in WW1 are buried or commemorated. Twenty one have been discovered in France, Belgium, Baghdad and Mansfield, however despite all efforts, one person H. Johnson is still to be found.

Is " H. Johnson" a member of your family or known to you? Can you help solve this mystery

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WW1 MISSING SOLDIER' page

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WW1 MISSING SOLDIER' page

These pictures were part of a Heritage Display in the Church Hall on Saturday 13 September 2014.

Members of the church have placed poppy crosses at all the resting or commemoration places of the other 21 members, they have one cross left for H Johnson, can you help trace him?

This page was added on 15/09/2014.
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Private Henry Johnson service number 71444 15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbys Regiment) died on the 28th March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Henry was the son of Fredrick and Maria Johnson, of Bottesford, Notts; husband of Mabel Emily Johnson, of 14, Cross Keys Yard, Mansfield, Notts.

On 21st March 1918 the German Army launched their spring offensive named Operation Michael, as Henry died on the 28th March he would have been involved in this battle.

By Kevin Garcia
On 16/09/2014

Hi Kevin, An interesting story, do you research the history of soldiers from the world war 1 from the Mansfield area? By the way did you go to St Johns school in the late 60's early 70's as we may have been in the same year? Paul Robinson

By Paul Robinson
On 16/09/2014

Hi Paul, I did go to St Johns and I do remember you. My research started a few years ago when I went to France to visit my Great Uncles grave in France, I have been over once a year since then, hopefully I will be going again this year.

By Kevin Garcia
On 17/09/2014

I do not think that Henry Johnson from Mansfield is the man in the photo.

I think I have identified him as Corporal Henry Bowman Johnson service number 235663, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (formerly East Riding Yeomanry) died on the 26th March 1918 aged 37. He was the husband of Hannah Johnson of Bridlington, Yorkshire.

He is buried in Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, 3.5 km north of Arras. Grave number XVI. F. 33.

I hope this helps.

By Kevin Garcia
On 17/09/2014

Regarding H. Johnson, I do not believe this photo is of Henry Bowman Johnson. I specialise in KOYLI soldiers, having worked at the regimental museum and having researched soldiers for almost 12 years. Henry Bowman Johnson has no connection with Mansfield as far as I know. He was born in Hull, enlisted with the KOYLI in Hull and was living in Hardy St, Kingston upon Hull at the time of his death. The photo that Peter from the OMH has shown was supplied by myself taken from a Mansfield newspaper and so more likely to be a resident of Mansfield/Ashfield area. I think that the missing soldier is more likely to be H Johnson that lived in Cross Keys yard.

By k holloway
On 18/09/2014

Hi guys thanks for all your help, it seems our missing man is causing quite a lot of interest! We are at the moment looking back into to chapel records to see if we can trace his family, we may have found a relation that lived at 58 Mount Street, we think "H's" fathers name was Hendry of 74 Gladstone Street but the search goes on.      

By Peter Faulkner
On 18/09/2014

Hi Kevin, Glad you remember me, where have all the years gone?

I cant remember you being that interested in Mr Burgess's history lessons but looks like you have got quite a hobby now!

Go well

By Paul Robinson
On 30/09/2014

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