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Pte 1492 William Burton Johnson
« on: December 22, 2019, 12:05:13 PM »
Pte Johnson (born  1/8/1893) enlisted in 5th Bttn at Wigan on 5/11/1912 and Embodied on 5/8/1914.  William did not serve overseas and was discharged unfit from 5th Bttn at Preston on 27/6/1915 with a SWB and Pension.  He was 50% Disabled by VDH originating Nov 1914, caused by Rheumatistic fever aggravated by strain of service(PR).  The Pension Card Specifies 20% Disablement Aggravated by service(PIC).  William had had 5 attacks of this fever since childhood, the latest in Jan 1916, including shortness of breath caridiac ?? and murmurs.  The Pension reviews to 5/9/1919 confirm continuing cardiac conditions( PR).
William died in Central Hospital, Liscard on 26/5/1920. Cause not specified. Registered in Birkenhead, 8a/649.
William had been a book keeper and lived at 4 Carlton Terrace, Milton Rd, Fairfield, L,Pool at Discharge. Parents Charles Herbert (Deceased) and Amy. Widow Lily, 118 Seaview Rd, Liscard.  It seems Lily received a Pension, but the card notes Entitlement not Admitted.  The couple had 2 children.
William probably died from a condition aggravated by service, but the underlying condition pre-dates service.  Hold case.
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Re: Pte 1492 William Burton Johnson
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2020, 07:56:45 PM »
his only brother pte 1491 charles,pratt johnson was killed at gallipoli on 7th august also 5th manchesters

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Re: Pte 1492 William Burton Johnson
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2021, 09:31:56 PM »
Wigan Observer
WO - 04 September 1915 pg8.
Notification has been received from the War Office that private Charles Pratt Johnson, of the 1/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, and whose mother lately resided in Eccleston street, Wigan , was killed in action at the Dardanelles on August the 7th. Private Johnson, who was 20 years of age, and listed shortly after the outbreak of war, and accompanied the Wigan terriers abroad. He was the son of the late Mr. C Johnson of Wigan, and a grandson of Mr W Burton JP of Gidlow lane. He was employed before the war are Messrs Boots, cash chemists, Wigan, and was a keen amateur boxer, being well known in Wigan and amongst his fellow territoriales as no mean exponent of the fistic art

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Re: Pte 1492 William Burton Johnson
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2021, 08:49:29 AM »
A family tree on Ancestry states that he died from "Tuberculosis or Influenza(Spanish Flu)", but no source given.

Buried at Wallasey (Rake Lane) Cemetery, consecrated section 15C/53; burial record on FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-992H-F4RB?i=674&cat=1027047

Description of headstone and inscription: Small rough-caste stone, low pointed top, stepped square shoulders, white stone face, lying flat on its face. In loving memory of / William Burton JOHNSON / 1894 - 1920 / Also his dear wife / Lilian / 1889 - 1970
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Re: Pte 1492 William Burton Johnson
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2021, 10:30:47 AM »
Thanks Paul,
If cause of death was flu or TB, then this wouldn't relate to service and CWGC commemoration wouldn't apply. It's possible the DC would also refer to a heart condition but I'll hold this case for now.
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