Wilfred Henry Johnson (1898–1918)



King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 22845 8th Battalion

Burnley Express 20/04/1918

photo of Wilfred Johnson in WW1

Wilfred and Ernest moved with their family to Matlock and then to Burnley. He was working as a part-time cotton weaver when he enlisted at Barrow-in-Furness. He served in Flanders and was killed in action in 1918. He is listed on the Arras Memorial and alongside his brother on the war memorial in Holy Trinity Church, Burnley

Newspaper Report

Burnley Express, 20 April 1918
Wilfred Johnson joined up in April 1916 and went on active service in the following September. Previously he had been a weaver, and had also worked in a Barrow shipyard. He was on the Claremont L.M. Church roll of honour .

CWGC Record
Johnson, Wilfred Henry
Service No: 22845
Died 24/03/1918
Aged 19
8th Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment )
Son of William and Elizabeth Johnson, 59, Brougham St., Stoneyholme, Burnley

Commemorated at the ARRAS MEMORIAL

War Graves certificate for Wilfred Johnson

Holy Trinity Church WW1 Memorial, Burnley

Andrew Gill (www.burnleyinthegreatwar.info)

Burnley War Memorial

Wilfred Johnson's name is recorded on the memorial plaque

Soldiers' Effects Book
Wilfred Henry Johnson; 8th Bn Kings Royal Lancs; Private 22845; killed in action 24.3.18; War Gartuity £8 10s 0d; paid out to:
9.9.18 mother Elizabeth £9 6s 2d
16.12.19 mother Elizabeth £8 10s 0d

Wilfred's brother Ernest 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

RG14PN24857 RG78PN1422 RD472 SD2 ED34 SN192