Charles Johnson: 1880-1965

Obituary in the Oak Tree (Spring, 1965)

We regret to announce the death of Captain C.Johnson at Southport on 3rd April, 1965, aged 85. A native of Altrincham, Charles Johnson joined the Regiment as a Boy in 1894. His first posting was to the 2nd Battalion in Aldershot. In February the next year he was drafted to the 1st Battalion at Bellary, India. During his ten years’ service in India he gained steady promotion, qualified as a Gym Instructor, and became a marksman and Company Shot. He returned to Home Service with the 1st Battalion in 1904. At the outbreak of war he was a senior Colour Sergeant on the permanent staff of the 3rd (Special Reserves) Battalion at Chester, which quickly brought him to into the training of New Army battalions. Commissioned early in 1915, he helped to form and train the 16th (Bantam) Battalion, and whilst Captain and Adjutant of that Battalion in France, was severely wounded with the loss of the left arm in July 1916.

Throughout his long life he showed and maintained great interest and pride in his Regiment.