Charles Edward Johnson

Information about birth

General information

Printers Assistant

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
 —  Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 2/1st Bn. (Buckinghamshire)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Somme Farm, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 96

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 13/10/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 13/10/1920

Points of interest 1

#1 Place of birth

My story

Sergeant Charles Edward Johnson served in the Oxforshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2/1st Battalion. This unit was part of the 184th Brigade of the 61st Division of the British Expeditionary Force.
On the 22nd of August 1917, the 2/1st Ox and Bucks Battalion attacked, together with the Ox and Bucks 2/4th Battalion and with the 2/5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment in support. The place of the attack can be situated near the Pond and Somme Farm, close to St-Julien. At 4.45 a.m. the attack started with the artillery that set in a creeping barrage behind which the Battalion moved forward. The attacking Battalions endured heavy resistance of German machineguns and rifle fire, due to the lack of effectiveness of the artillery. The Somme and Aisne Farms were captured, but the withdrawal from Aisne Farm followed quickly due to a German counterattack.
The Bucks were able to consolidate a string of shellholes at Somme, but were unable to capture the German strongholds of Pond Farm and Gallipoli. In the afternoon the Bucks held their positions and many of them fell victim to German sniper fire. After heavy fighting, Pond farm was taken by the 2/5th Gloucestershire Regiment in the evening of August 22. Because of the capture of Pond Farm, the Ox and Bucks 2/1st Battalion was able to straighten the frontline. At night the Bucks were relieved by the 2/7th Worcesters.
The casualties of the attack by the Ox and Bucks 2/1st Battalion were high. Of the 650 men that participated in the attack, 39 were killed, 153 wounded and 146 men went missing.
Sergeant Charles Edward Johnson was killed in action on the 22nd of August 1917. His remains were never recovered or they were never identified. He was presumably one of the 185 men that were killed or went missing during the attack of August 22 1917 in the area near Pond and Somme Farm, northeast of St-Julien. Charles Edward Johnson is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 58-60.
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2/1st Bucks Bn.
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