Project Description

JOHN WILLIAM JOHNSON 1889–1968

Royal navy

Born 18th October 1889, Moulton, Lincs

Married to Ethel Hopewell, 5th May 1915. Children John Hopewell (Jack, born 1917), twins Hubert and Leslie (born 1921) and Maurice (born 1930)

Died 27th November 1968, Acton, Ontario, Canada

1901 Census

Age 11 living in Holbeach Marsh, Lincs with father John Thomas, farm labourer, mother Eliza (née Wright) and brothers Bertie 8, George 6 and Harry 3. John was at school.

1911 Census

Age 21, working as a farm labourer. He lived with his parents at Crown House, Holbeach St Marks. His father and brothers Bertie and George were also farm labourers. His brother Harry was a shop assistant. More siblings had been born – Bertha 8, Violet 6, Arthur 4 and Margaret 1.

Military Service

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Service Number: J65086

Military Unit: Royal Navy

Theatre of War: Possibly France and Flanders and Balkans -HMS Venerable supported troops on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.

Occupation on enlistment: Poor Law official

Height 5ft 8½ ins, chest 39 ins, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion fresh

He took employment at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale), he is listed in their records as an attendant who served in the Armed Forces on the HMS Venerable. He is recorded on Ancestry as serving on the following ships:

8.1.17–23.2.17:  Pembroke I (Chatham barracks)

24.2.17–4.5.17:   Crescent (depot ship in the UK)

5.5.17–21.11.17:  Pembroke I

Invalided out November 1917: ‘? and middle ear deaf’

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Other information

John Johnson married Ethel Hopewell May 5 1915 in Radcliffe on Trent. Occupation given as asylum attendant, residence: Carrington. All their children were born in Holbeach, Lincs.

From the 1939 Register

Address:  39 Sluice Road, East Elloe, Lincs.

Occupation: Small holder of lands

Household: living with wife Ethel and son Maurice

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent at the Asylum and married a woman from the village.