The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

John Johnson

John Johnson was a reservist and served with the Royal Field Artillery in France from the start of the war, and was killed in action at Mons in August 1914. John was wounded in Battle of Mons Died following day 24th August 1914.

The information on John Johnson has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameJohn Johnson
Date of Death24th August 1914
Place of DeathPLACE
Age at Death33
Unit and RegimentRoyal Field Artillery; 119th Bty.
RankShoeing Smith
Service Number34506
Additional InformationJohn was born in Stourport, Worcestershire, the son of Isaac and Annie Johnson. He was an army reservist when he came to work at the Gwaunclawdd Colliery as a blacksmith some years prior to the war, lodging at Pantycwrt, Abercrave with Jane Joseph and her son Tom Rees Joseph.
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
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From the Labour Voice newspaper, 3rd October 1914:-

Quite a gloom was cast over the district on Tuesday when it was announced that a wire had been received at Abercrave House recording the fact that Mr. J. Johnson of Abercrave, had been killed at the Front. Unfortunately the rumour proved too true. Mr. Johnsonís parents stated they had had news (although not officially) that their son was wounded and passed away on 24th August. Nothing had been heard of him since 12th August and his friends in this district were becoming very anxious. It is thought that the fatal injuries were received at the famous battle of Mons on 23rd August. The deceased who has thus died in the service of his country was 33 years of age and a native of Kidderminster, although his parents now live in Gloucester. Mr. Johnson had lived in Abercrave several years and for some time had lived at Pantycwrt with Mrs. Joseph. He was a blacksmith at Gwaunclawdd Colliery and he was attached to the Royal Field Artillery as a reservist. He was extremely popular in the district and will be sorely missed in many directions. He took a great part in the social life of the place and was for two years M.C. at the dancing class. He was one of the leaders of the Boy Scout movement and his influence was felt in many other directions. Great sympathy has been expressed with all the relations and friends in their inestimable loss.

John Johnson was one of the fallen of the First World War, mentioned in the Llais (27th September 1919) to be included on the Proposed War Memorial List for Abercrave.


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