William Frank Mayne JOHNSON


JOHNSON, William Frank Mayne

Service Number: 278
Enlisted: 20 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia , 30 May 1882
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter’s College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Miner and Assayer
Died: Died of Wounds , England, United Kingdom, 22 August 1916, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 278, 29th Infantry Battalion
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 278, 29th Infantry Battalion
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 278, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne

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From the book Fallen Saints  - William Frank Mayne Johnson was born at Mt Gambier South Australia, attended St Peter's College 1898-1901, and prior to the war worked as a miner and assayer.

After enlisting at Ballarat on 17 July 1915, he was posted to A Company, 29th Battalion and sailed from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ascanius on 10 November.

The 29th Battalion was raised at Broadmeadows Camp in Victoria on 10 August 1915 and with the 30th, 31st, and 32nd Battalions formed the 8th Infantry Brigade, which joined the newly raised 5th Division in Egypt.

The battalion fought at Fromelles and it was there on 19 July 1916 that Private William Johnson was severely wounded. Suffering with severe wounds to his face and back, he was admitted to 1st Canadian Clearing Station on 20 July then the following day was evacuated to 13th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne.

On 13 August he was transported to England aboard HS Jan Breydel and there admitted to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge. Suffering from a spinal abscess as a result of a gunshot wound to the Thorax, Private William Johnson died of wounds on 22 August 1916; he was 34 years of age. [i]

[i] National Archives of Australia: B 2455/1, Johnson William Frank Mayne / 1828897, viewed 17 June 2007