George Frederick JOHANSEN


JOHANSEN, George Frederick

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 10 May 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sandon, Victoria, 1888
Home Town: Malvern East, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Toorak Grammar School
Occupation: Commercial traveller
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 4 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

10 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Capt Percy Lay MC, DCM, MM, C de G, the most decorated man in the 8th Battalion wrote the following in his diary:

“We lost a good lot of officers and men, some of the best in the Division: Capt’s Rudolph Kirsch (b1893, he & brother Pte Vivian Kirsch, 38th Bn, b1897m both KIA 4/10/1917, neither brother has a known grave], John Davidson [b1895, KIA 4/10/1917], Lt John T. Maguire [3945, MC, MID, b1886, KIA 4/10/1917], Lt Errey [DSO, MC, MiD, B1892, KIA 4/10/1917], Lt Willie Goodwin [MC and Bar, MiD, b1886, KIA 4/10/1917], Lt’s George Johansen [b1888, KIA 4/10/1917], Harold Ross [MM, b1889, KIA 4/10/1917], and Ronald Glanville [MM, MC, b1892, KIA 4/10/1917]."

Lay rarely mentioned the names of men lost by names in his diary.  This indicates that George Johansen was held in especially high esteem by Lay.