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Sydney Johnson  S Johnsom    S Johnson     Royal Engineers

S Jonhson Memorial     S Johnson Memorial     S Johnson Memorial

Surname Johnson
Forename/s Sydney
Rank Sapper
Service Number 79889
DOB Born in 1892 at Longton, Staffordshire
Date & place of death/details 16/4/1916 Aged 24.
Killed in action by a rifle grenade.
Regiment & Unit 170th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
Service details France & Flanders.
Military Awards?  
Married?               Children?  
Any photographs?  Derbyshire Times 29/4/1916 & derbyshire Courier 29/4/1916
Derbyshire Times &
Derbyshire Courier Obituary.
Derbyshire Times 29/4/1916 (page 8) & Derbyshire Courier 29/4/1916
Johnson  S Johnson
Parents names Illegitimate son of Mary Fisher.
Mary Fisher married Cyril Lowe in 1898.
Parents address 19, Ward Street, New Tupton
Grave location or   memoria location Buried at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, France.
Living relatives?  
Any other information? Believed he took his father's name, as opposed to his mother's maiden & married name.
Was a militia reservist at the start of the war. Originally enlisted into the Coldstream Guards, then transfered to the Royal Engineers.
He had a letter published in the Derbyshire Times on 5 June 1915.
Pre war occupation was a miner at the Alma Colliery, North Wingfield.

Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal

Victory Medal
Given the information available it is likely that Sydney Johnson was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal

British War Medal
From the information available, it is very possible that Sydney Johnson was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.