William Henry Johnson
|William Henry Johnson|
15 October 1890|
|Died||25 April 1945
|Buried at||Redhill Cemetery|
William Henry Johnson VC (15 October 1890 – 25 April 1945) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 27 years old, and on 3 October 1918 at Ramicourt, France, he performed the deed for which he was awarded the VC.
Johnston was a sergeant in 1/5th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), British Army during the First World War.
No. 306122 Sjt. William Henry Johnson, l/5th Bn., Notts. & Derby. R. (T.F.) (Worksop).
For most conspicuous bravery at Ramicourt on the 3rd of October, 1918.
When his platoon was held up by a nest of enemy machine guns at very close range, Sjt. Johnson worked his way forward under very heavy fire, and single-handed charged the post, bayoneting several gunners and capturing two machine guns. During this attack he was severely wounded by a bomb, but continued to lead forward his men.
Shortly afterwards the line was once more held up by machine guns. Again he rushed forward and attacked the post singlehanded. With wonderful courage he bombed the garrison, put the guns out of action, and captured the teams.
He showed throughout the most exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
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- William Henry Johnson at Find a Grave
- Major R.E. Priestley, Breaking the Hindenburg Line: The Story of the 46th Division, London: T.F. Unwin, 1919  (at archive.org)
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