JOHNSON, William Gordon
(Service number 74789)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||Unknown||Place of Birth|
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|Next of Kin||Mrs K. Johnson (mother), Waitohi Flat, Temuka|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||36th Reinforcements, D Company|
|Date||2 May 1918|
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William was a farm hand from Waitohi at the time of his enlistment.
William was originally in the 39th reinforcements but sailed with the 36th. He was posted to the 13th North Canterbury West Coast company, serving on the Western Front, on the 17th of October 1918. On the 5th of November, ,just days before the end of the war, he was wounded in action. William was in action not far from the town of Le Quesnoy and recieved a wound to the abdomen. From Camiers in France he was transferred to Endel Street Military Hospital in the UK. He recovered and was sent to Hornchurch for recuperation, returning home to New Zealand in January 1918.
In 1959 he wrote to the army requesting to get a copy of his dischage papers which were lost in the Japanese occupation of the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 September 2017]; 'Victor and William Johnson' on Unknown Wartriors of the NZEF [Facebook page], 24 June 2016.
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Tony Rippin, South Canterbruy Museum
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