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Johnson C F    Pte    951

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Johnson C F    Pte    951    Charles Frederick           6 Inf Bn    21    Tailor    Single    Pres       

Address:    Kensington, Rankins Rd, 49   

Next of Kin:    Johnston, Annie, Mrs, 49 Rankin Rd, Kensington   

Enlisted:    17 Aug 1914       

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914   


Date of death:  07/08/1915

CWGC: "Son of Charles A. and Annie E. Johnson. Native of North Melbourne".




 Extracts from Australian Red Cross Missing and Wounded Enquiries Bureau Correspondence.


6th Btn, D Coy, 16th Platoon

Mentioned in our cable of the 6th Jan as Missing in August.

He was a champion amateur light weight wrestler and was an MP in Egypt to the 6th Bn.

H W Day No 925 of the 6th Btn on the 6th October wrote to his father as follows:

He was in the same tent as the casualty.  They went out together in the last charge, but had not gone far when they got to the Turks' trenches and had to retire, and informant missed the casualty and he and about a dozen others went out again but could not find him.  The informant had a look over the trench every night for 3 or 4 nights to see if he could see the casualty lying about, but could not find him".



Knew him as Charlie and saw him go into the charge on the left of Lone Pine when attacking the German Officers' Trench on August 6, which was about 100 yards from the trench they left.  It was clear country and neither side could get out to collect the dead and wounded who could be seen lying out between the trenches.  He never came back, as he must have done had he not been killed.

About 5 ft 5, medium to dark complexion, stiff built, clean shaven, young, had been one of the Military police on the Peninsula

Pte V Cooke  775
Hqrs, stretcher bearer
Malta 2.2.16.




Witness knew a man in the 6th Btn named Johnson.  His name was Chas and his no between 800-900.  He was in the original Btn, not Rfts, and came from Victoria.  He was at one time in H Co and then in D Co.  He was fond of wrestling.  Witness knows that this man took part in the charge on the German Officer's trench on 8/8/15.  Witness was there and saw Johnson during the charge.  The casualties were very heavy in that charge and witness does not know what became of him subsequently.

Ref L/C  T J Bennett, 913
B Co 16 AIF
O/S Base, Giza, CAIRO


Informant states that Sgt Gray of the 6th Batt told him that on August 7th 1915 he had seen Pte Johnston struck and killed, he fell on his face.  The Sgt did not see his face, but knew him by his back.  This was at Anzac at the "German Officers' trench".  

Reference Sgt C Nelson 971
6th Australian Regiment
Herbert Hospital, Woolwich.

Home address:
C/- Sergeant's Mess
Abbeywood Camp

London March 16th, 1916
H M Digby.






Pte C F Johnson's name recorded on the Lone Pine Memorial.  Photo courtesy of Kim

Phillips, Spirits of Gallipoli website.  



War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

Patriotic Concert 1914


Anzac Honoured Dead 7 Aug 1915

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour killed

Regimental Register

“Send off to the Essendon Boys”


No notices in The Argus to 1918.

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