JOHNSON, John Wright
(Service number 6/485)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||3 June 1882||Place of Birth||Bradford Yorkshire England|
|Date||12 August 1914||Age||31|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of Old Bank Hotel, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||1st Life Guards Egyptian Mounted Police; 1912-1913 NZ Permanent Forces|
|Next of Kin||Richard Johnson, 8 Spring Place, Horton, Bradford, York, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||8 May 1915||Age||32|
|Place of Death||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Twelve Trees Copse (NZ) Memorial|
|Memorial Reference||Panel Location 16.2.13|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru|
John was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England on 3 June 1882, the son of Richard & Emily Johnson of 38 Middleton Road, Ilkley, Yorks, England. Prior to his arrival in New Zealand he had served with the 1st Life Guards Egyptian Mounted Police. In April 1912 at Timaru he joined the New Zealand Permanent Forces a as a Sergeant Instructor and served from 1 May 1912 until 6 June 1913.
Before enlisting for war service John was employed as a Hotel Porter for Mr Charles Sutherland at the Grosvenor, then the Old Bank Hotel. He was described as being of fair complexion, chest 36 inches, weight 168 lbs, height 6 foot, eyes blue, hair light and having upper false teeth, the lower ones good. He served in New Zealand from 12 August to 15 October 1914 and embarked from Lyttelton for Suez Egypt 16 October 1914 on either the Tahiti or Athenic, arriving 3 December 1914.
John was killed in action 8 May 1915 at Gallipoli Turkey aged 32 and is commemorated on the Twelve Tree Copse (NZ) Memorial Panel 16.2.13. His father was forwarded his plaque, scroll and war medals at wars end.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (August 2013); Archives NZ
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Researched and Written by
Dave Batchelor (South Canterbury Museum); Ted Hansen (SC branch NZSG)
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