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1st/24th battalion London 1915


LindaH

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Bernard Arthur Johnson was killed 26 May 1915 aged only 17 years. He is commemorated at Le Touret Memorial in France. Has anyone any further knowledge about what the 24th Battalion London was doing on that day?

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Linda

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Linda

It was the later stages of the Battle of Festubert. It is also covered in one of Sir John French's Despatches

They attacked on the evening of the 25th and after 28 hours fighting had suffered 5 officers killed and 3 wounded as well as ORs - 52 killed, 252 wounded and 96 missing.

Glen

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Linda

Bernard Arthur Johnson 2360 1st/24th London Regiment is commemorated on the Home Office War Memorial (see current thread here). Born in the latter part of 1897 at Carlisle, son of Colour Sjt Harry Johnson of the Border Regiment and Mary Alice Johnson. Went to France on 16 March 1915 and, as you say, died there on 26 May 1915 aged only 17.

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Thank you for your help. I have been reading up on Festubert and following up the War Diary that you sent Glen.

I did not realise Bernard was on the Home Office War memorial. Thanks for that.

Linda

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His name is included in the list of those men of the 24th Londons commemorated by the memorial in Kennington Park, London, this is close to where he would have enlisted.

Moriaty

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