Information about birth

Year of birth:
1889
Place of birth:
St George in the East, Middlesex, United Kingdom, England

Army information

Country:
United Kingdom, England
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Gunner
Service number:
30539
Enlistment place:
Canning Town, Essex, United Kingdom, England
Units:
 —  Royal Field Artillery, "B" Bty.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
18/10/1917
Place of death:
Springfield Farm, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
28

Cemetery

Hospital Farm Cemetery
Plot: /
Row: E
Grave: 5

Distinctions and medals 3

Additional information

Gunner George Johns - a general labourer from Canning Town, Middlesex - served in “B” Battery of the 223rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery during the Battle of Passchendaele.

On 16 October 1917 George’s Battery took up positions near Vancouver Farm and the Keerselare crossroads. These positions, however, were untenable due to severe hostile shell fire and “B” Battery was moved to another location on the following day.

The new position was prepared at Springfield Farm, near the village of St Julien on 18 and 19 October. Though the guns had been relocated they also faced wet conditions, lack of cover, counterbattery fire and German shellfire along the roads.

Twenty-eight-year-old George Johns was killed in action on 18 October 1917, while the 223rd Brigade were preparing their new gun positions near Springfield Farm. George was buried in Hospital Farm Cemetery. He left behind a wife and two sons.

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