Born: 1883, Ipswich.
Died: 29th May 1919.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 73032;
Regiment: Middlesex Regiment, 29th Battalion transferred to (150973) 40th Labour Coy, Labour Corps.
Terlincthun British Cemetery,
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of E. Johnson, of 14, Gibson Street, Ipswich.
1891 5, Goodings Court, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.
Thomas was 9 years old, and living with his parents & siblings.
William Francis Johnson, 35, a Painter & Glazier, born Ipswich.
Mary Johnson (nee Dunnett), 36, born Shotley, Suffolk.
William James Johnson, 14, a Grocer’s Porter, born Ipswich.
George Edward Johnson, 12, born Ipswich.
Catherine Johnson, 10, born Ipswich.
Harry Johnson, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 61, St. George’s Street, Ipswich.
Thomas was 27 years old, a Bricklayers Labourer. He was married & Head of the Household.
Ethel, 26, a Machinists – Corset.
In 1904, Ipswich, Thomas married Ethel Ling, born 1885, Ipswich. They had 5 children:
Ethel Johnson, 1906, Ipswich.
Catherine Johnson, 1909, Ipswich.
Irene V. Johnson, 1913, Ipswich – died 1913, Ipswich.
Daisy E. Johnson, 1916, Ipswich.
Harry Arthur Johnson, 1917, Ipswich.
THE MIDDLESEX REGIMENT:
Formed in January 1917, 389,900 men 10% of the total size of the British Army. Many of the men had already served in other units and were taken on following being wounded then being made fit for duty “A1” condition. The companies were employed in general labouring, fetching and carrying in work within range of the enemy guns. Sometimes used as emergency infantry during major offensives by the enemy.
Labour Corps units were sometimes classed as second class soldiers but were an important part of the British army.