Rank: Gunner
Service Number: 165101.
Regiment: 274th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery Died Friday 1st November 1918 Age 29County Memorial Congleton
Grave\Panel Ref: S.II.BB.9.

Son of Mr. Robert Lewis Johnson and Mrs. Sarah Johnson, of Butterton Hall, Trentham, Barlaston, Staffordshire, and Henshall Hall, Congleton, Cheshire, In 1911, he resided with his brother, Robert Lewis, and his wife at Southey's, Old Road, Barlaston, Trentham, Staffordshire. He was born in New Jersey, U.S.A, and he worked as an Earthenware Tile Manufacturer. He had two sisters, Edith Mabel and Mabel Constance Johnson, along with eight brothers, Harry, Robert Lewis, Ernest Jas, Arthur Stuart, Frank Charles, Arnold Leslie, Alfred G. and Eric Fred Johnson. His brother Arnold Leslie Johnson, was killed in action on the 14th of October, 1918.

Gunner George Washington Johnson served in the 274th Siege Battery, a New Army unit formed on the 17th of October 1916 at Portsmouth. It also took sections from the 370th Siege Battery which had been formed at Prees Heath on the 17th of February 1917. The 274th Siege Battery were part of the 62nd (Mixed) Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery in October/November 1918 and were operating 6 inch Howitzers. The 62nd Brigade was part of XVII Corps and under the command of the Third Army. They supported the attacks of the 19th and 24th Divisions on the Selle, Sambre and Valenciennes. The Brigade started out life as the 62 nd Heavy Artillery Group (HAG) on the 22nd of July 1916 at Bristol so pre-dating formation of the 274th Siege Battery. It went to France on the 12th of September 1916 from Southampton. At the end of 1917, HAG's were re-named Brigades. On the 25th of October 1918, the Battery gun positions were situated at Bermerain.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for the research on George.