Johnson, Albert

Albert Johnson was born circa 1889 in Wrexham the son of William Henry & Sarah Ann Johnson. I believe that they had married in Chester in a Civil Marriage or Registrar Attended ceremony (Cheshire West ROC/21/188) in 1886.

I cannot find the family on the 1891 census, but on the 1901 census they were living at 2, Belgrave Street, Chester.   William Henry, 41 was a Baker & Confectioner (Brewer) and like his wife Sarah Ann, 40, had been born in Chester.   Their eldest son Albert, 12 had been born in Wrexham, daughter Ada E., 5, had been born in Bolton, Lancashire. Their 2 youngest sons, James, 4 and William, 2 had been born in Hawarden, Flintshire.

1911 sees the family living at 1, Suffolk Street, Chester, Cheshire (5 rooms), with William Henry, 51, still a Baker & Confectioner, he tells us they he and Sarah Ann, 50, had been married for 27 years , 9 children had been born to them and sadly 5 had died, and they were to suffer even more in the years to come.   Albert, 22, and single was a General Porter for a Picture Dealer. Daughter Ada E. was “At Home,” son James, 14 was an Errand Boy and William 12 was at School.

I cannot find any Army Service Records for Albert, but he is remembered here:-

Albert Johnson in the UK, De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1919: –

JOHNSON, Albert, Private, 1st Battn. (22nd Foot) The Cheshire Regt., eldest son of William Henry JOHNSON, Baker & Confectioner, by his wife, Sarah Ann, dau. of John WILLIAMS; born Wrexham, co. Denbigh, 14 Jan 1889; educ. Christ Church Schools, Chester; was a Carriage Cleaner on the London and Western Railwy; enlisted 10 Aug. 1914, after outbreak of war; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 12 Dec. Following, and died at the South African Hospital 6 Sept. 1916, from wounds received in action at Guillemont on the 4th.   Buried at Abbeville; unm

Albert Johnson in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms his regimental details and tells us that he was born in Wrexham and he enlisted in Birkenhead.

Albert Johnson in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the Sole Legatee was father William Henry Johnson £6 18s 9d paid 29th December 1916 but the War Gratuity was paid on the 25th November 1919 to his mother Sarah A Johnson £8 10s 0d, this leads me to think that William Henry died after or in 1916 for Albert’s mother to be given the War Gratuity.   Any help would be appreciated

Albert Johnson in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 18th December 1914, he was to die of Wounds on the 6th September 1916

I do not know if Albert was living in Saltney, or if indeed, his parents were during the war years and after, but someone was to put his name forward for him to be remembered, I would like to think it was his family and friends.

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