Ernest Johnson (1896–1916)



Seaforth Highlanders 11056 7th Battalion

Burnley Express 4/11/1916

Ernst Johnson in WW1

Ernest and his brother Wilfred were both killed in the war. Pre-war the family had moved to Burnley, where Ernest worked at Cairo Mill, Whittlefield. Enlisting in 1915, he served with the 7th Seaforths. He was severely wounded in action on the Somme and died of his wounds at a base hospital. He has no known grave, but is remembered on the memorial in Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery, France, and also on a war memorial in Burnley.

Newspaper Report

Burnley Express 4 November 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, of 59 Brougham-street, Burnley, had previously been notified that the elder of their two boys serving with the forces, Pte. Ernest Johnson 11056, of the Seaforth Highlanders, had been admitted to a base hospital severely wounded, but without any interim message they have been officially informed that he died the following day, Oct 12. he was a fine sturdy lad, and he joined up on Oct 9th 1915, and he has been at the front about eight months, only having a short training. He was formerly a weaver at Mr. T. Pickles' Cairo Mill, Whittlefield and the family previously resided in that locality, where they were very well known. He was connected with Claremont School. Another brother, Wilfred, who was also a weaver at the same mill, has been out seven or eight weeks with the Kings Own Royal Lancaster's.
Fulfilling a compact made with the unfortunate soldier, Pte. D. McColm of the same battalion of the Seaforths, now in hospital at Belfast, wrote to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, enquiring about Ernest's fate. "He and I were chums", he wrote "ever since we went to the front. We gave one another our addresses, so that if anything should happen to either of us the other would write home. Ernest was wounded on Wednesday the 11th, and I was wounded the following day, the 12th. Some of the men that were with him at the time told me he was rather badly wounded with machine gun fire. He got safely away to the dressing station. I hope he is all right. He was a nice quite lad and a chum."

CWGC Record
Johnson, Ernest
Service No: 11056
Died 12/10/1916
Aged 20
7th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
Son of William and Elizabeth Johnson, 59, Brougham St., Stoneyholme, Burnley

Commemorated at Bazentin-Le-Petit Military Cemetery, Somme

Ernest Johnson CWGC certificate

Holy Trinity Church WW1 Memorial, Burnley

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Burnley War Memorial

Ernest Johnson's name is recorded on the memorial plaque

Soldiers' Effects Book
Ernest Johnson; 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders; Private S/11056 ; killed in action 12.10.16; War Gratuity £3 10s 0d; paid out to:
20.2.17 father William £3 6s 5d
15.10.19 father William £3 10s 0d

Ernest's brother Wilfred Johnson is also on the Roll of Honour and was killed during the war.


1901 New Street, Matlock

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Johnson Head 28 Bathman in hospital Crich
Elizabeth Johnson wife 29   Clay Cross
Ernest Johnson son 4   Whatstandwell
Wilfred Johnson son 2   Clay Cross

RG13 piece 3266 folio 140 page 47

1911 28 Cotton St, Burnley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Johnson Head 38 Hair cutter and shaver Crich
Elizabeth Johnson wife 39   Clay Cross
Ernest Johnson son 14 Cotton weaver Crich Carr
Wilfred Johnson son 12 Part time school, part time cotton weaver Crich Carr
Elsie Johnson daughter 8 School Burnley
Doris Johnson daughter 6 School Burnley
Herbert Johnson son 3   Burnley
Ada Johnson daughter 1   Burnley
Elizabeth Wall (Rel) visitor 15   Clay Cross

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