34-year-old Lance Corporal George Johnson, 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of wounds in France on 4th January 1918. He was born in Marton, Warwickshire on 29th September 1883 and was the seventh of the twelve children of parents, William (a farm labourer) and Emma (née Hobday) who had married at Stretton on Dunsmore on Christmas Day, 1870.
By 1901, 17-year-old George was living in the family home at Marton and was working as a post messenger. He married Annie Mary Hollis at Marton in 1904, and their daughter, Violet Annie, was born later that year. Violet married Louis John Collins in 1931 and died in Coventry in 1980.
By 1911, George was working as a gardener in a nursery, and was living in Olton Road, Shirley with his wife and six-year-old daughter. The address suggests that he may have been working at Woolman’s Nursery, which was situated in Olton Road from 1907 until 1974.
We don’t know when George enlisted, although it seems he didn’t see overseas service before 1916. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery in France, and commemorated locally on Shirley war memorial.
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