No.1914 Private Henry Thomas Johnson
Henry Thomas Johnson was born around July 1872 at Alexandra, Victoria. His parents were Robert Henry Johnson and Fanny Wyatt (nee Dudley). Fanny Wyatt Dudley was born in 1842 in Launceston, Tasmania. She married Robert Henry Johnson in 1868. When Henry Thomas Johnson was born, his father was 21 and his mother was 30. Australian Electoral Rolls for 1917 list both of Henry’s parents as retired and living in Brunell Street Spotswood. His parents both passed away in 1919.
Henry enlisted into the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 15 October 1915. He was aged 43 years and 3 months and was six feet and six and three quarter inches tall. He weighed 16 Stone 7 pounds and had a chest measurement of 42.45 inches. He had a fresh complexion with blue eyes and grey hair. His next of kin was listed as his father Mr. Robert Henry Johnson, c/- Post Office Spotswood Victoria. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
The First World War Embarkation Roll has Henry embarking from Brisbane, Queensland on 3 January 1916 on board His Majesty's Australian Transport (HMAT) Kyarra. One of his travel record cards lists that he embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916.
He was taken on strength at Tell El Kebir Egypt at the 46th Battalion AIF on 6 March 1916. Tell El Kebir was a training centre for the First Australian Imperial Force reinforcements.
He was wounded in action in France on 11 August 1916 and re-joined his unit on 11 September 1916 from the 4th Australian Division Base Depot “In the Field”.
Henry returned to Australia on 18 May 1919 on HMAT Armagh and he was discharged on 28 July 1919.
Henry died in 1955 in Western Australia at the age of 82.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal