BORN WARTER, 1896. SON OF ANTHONY BANNISTER JOHNSON (1863-1933) & SARA ELLEN HODGSON, OF 18 PENDRILL STREET, BEVERLEY ROAD, HULL (CWGC ADDRESS). HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS. KILLED AT OPPY WOOD ON 06/05/1917, AGED 21. HIS DEATH AND ADDRESS WERE REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 22/05/1917.
HIS NAME IS LISTED ON THE CLIFTON STREET SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOUR. HE IS BURIED ATÂ ALBUERA CEMETERY, BAILLEUL-SIRE-BERTHOULT, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE. HIS GRAVE INSCRIPTION, READS, “DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI DEEPLY MOURNED”
Hull Pals Memorial Post. L/CPL EDWARD WILSON JOHNSON 14/203. Born in Warter, East Yorkshire in 1896 Edward was the second of five sons to Anthony and Sarah Johnson of 18 Pendrill Street, Hull. A Student when war broke out, he joined up on 18th January 1916, originally in the 14th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, before transferring to the 11th on his arrival in France. Edward was killed in action on 6th May 1917 and buried “near Bailleul, 4 miles NE of Arras” then exhumed after the Armistice and re-interred at Albuera Cemetery; he was 21 years old. In the days after the Oppy Wood attack Private Surfleet spent time in the trenches around Gavrelle Windmill. His story spells out the true horror of that time:
“What a bloody trench! It was blown in in several places and splashed with blood (and God knows what else) all over the place. I remember a similar smell in a slaughterhouse when I was a boy, but I doubt if I shall forget the sight of those dismembered, torn, shell-racked bodies which, pushed up on the parapet and parados out of the way until they could be buried, were covered with great, big, bloody awful blue-bottles. I felt physically sick. The sun was blazing down on this gruesome collection of flesh; over the top other decomposing bodies, fly infested and stinking, stewed in the heat.”