Service Number 13843
Battalion 12th Battalion
Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in Action: 14th July 1916
Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Raymond Johnson was born on the 8th January 1893 in Collingham, the son of Henry and Sarah Ann Johnson. Raymond was baptised in Collingham Church on 2nd April 1893. Henry and Sarah had about 13 children and six of these served during World War 1 - Albert (Navy), Walter (Bantams), Raymond, William, Alfred and David.
By 1911, Raymond was working as a horselad on the farm of Edwin Septimus Jackson at Bilton End Farm, Healaugh.
The Johnson boys were some of the first from the village to enlist and serve. Raymond is mentioned as serving in the 9th West Yorkshire Regiment in the Collingham Parcish Magazine for February 1915, but he must have transferred quite quickly into the 12th Battalion as most of his records show him as a private in the 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Raymond was killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
His brother, William Herbert Johnson, was also killed in the Great War
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 28362
The Collingham Parish Magazine Feb 1915
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports
Pension Record Cards and Ledgers. Case number 4/D/1998
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