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Private Stephen Johnson

Civilian Occupation: Chorley Colliery Company

His sacrifice is recalled at BASRA MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/21a.  He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

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Notes of his life and service include:

Enlisted 16th October, 1914, and served in the Dardanelles and in Mesopotamia. Took part in the defence of Kut. Killed 9th April, 1916, at Sanni-Yat. Leaves a widow and three children [sic]. Attended Church of the Sacred Heart.

Husband of Agnes Johnson, of 5 Goring Street, Chorley, Lancs. Chorley Guardian photograph of 24/11/1917 agrees age and address, adds occupation.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects notes that he died on or since 9/4/1916. His widow, Agnes, is named as next of kin.

The 1911 Census has him at 5 Goring Street:  Stephen Johnson (31, Head, Labourer Underground, Coal Miner, Born in Chorley), Agnes Johnson (31, Wife, Cotton Weaver, Cotton Mill, Married 7 years, 6 children, 1 surviving, 5 dead, Born in Chorley), James Johnson (6, Son, School, Born in Chorley).

Stephen Johnson married Agnes Freeman by Registrar in Chorley in 1903. His children had  been William (1904-04), James (1905-?), Joseph (1906-07), Francis (1907-07), Martin (1908), Frederick (1910-1911), John (1911-?), Mary (1911-?), Horace (1915-?).

The 1901 Census has him at 9, Appley Lane, Wightington: William Parkinson (24, Head, Stone Quarry Labourer, Born in Wigan), Margaret Parkinson (25, Wife, Born in Wrightington), James Parkinson (4, Son, Born in Wrightington), Richard Parkisnon (3, Son, Born in Wrightington), Annie Parkinson (3 months, Daughter, Born in Wrightington), Albert Moorcroft (21, Boarder, Labourer, Linoleum Works), Born in Whittle-le-Woods, Stephen Johnson (21, Boarder, Labourer, Linoleum Works, Born in Chorley).

1891 Census has him at 201 Eaves Lane: William Johnson (38, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Jane Johnson (34, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Stephen (11, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Elizabeth E Johnson (7, Scholar, Born in Chorley).

Rank: Private
Service No: 17138
Date of Death: 09/04/1916
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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