Tag Archives: Cyril Benton Johnson

New Years Honours 1918

1 Jan 1918 HONOURS & AWARDS: The following were included in the New Years Honours List:-

Military Cross Capt (A/Major) W SEATON

DCM 240029 Coy Sgt Major TW SLATER

Mentioned in Despatches

  • Captain (A/Lt Col) CB JOHNSON
  • Lt (A/Capt) BE JOHNSON
  • 240552 Sgt GP BAGSHAWjohnson-cb-and-eb

Cyril Benton and Evelyn Brownlow Johnson


2381/240552 Sergeant George Potter Bagshaw356 Slater

356/240029 Thomas William Slater (believed to be)

On this day 21st September 1917 – Hill 70

21.7.1917 LES BREBIS: Battalion relieved 1st LEICESTERS and 1st WEST YORKS in SUPPORT on HILL 70 RIGHT.

LIEUT COLONEL CB JOHNSON killed in action.

MAJOR W SEATON assumed temporary Command.

Johnson CB

Cyril Benton Johnson was killed by a shell whilst going up to the trenches just in from of Loos. He died instantly and was buried at the little Cemetery of Sailly-Labourse. He was 27 years old.Johnson LN death

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

21/IX/17: We commenced relieving portions of the 71st and 18th Infantry Brigades in HILL 70 Sector.


139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

1878/240311 Corporal Wilfred Higginbottom was killed in action

johnson-higginbottomWilfred was a Pre-War Territorial from Chesterfield who served in “A” Company and is now buried next to his Commanding Officer.


On this day 9th September 1917

9.9.1917 ANNEQUIN: Lt Col CB JOHNSON resumes Command of Battalion.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

9/IX/17: Gas was successfully projected during the night at 11.45 pm and 3am, Hostile artillery retaliated. 2″ TMs were engaged in wire cutting in vicinity of RAILWAY CRATERS (A28c).a28c

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On this day 28th August 1917

28.8.1917: Major W SEATON assumed Temporary Command of the Battn during the absence on leave of Lt Col. CB JOHNSON.

28.8.1917: 2/Lt C RADFORD joined the Battn from England

Radford CG

Cyril George Radford

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

27th-29th: Quiet days. Extended Bde front northwards, taking over a portion of front from 5th Inf Bde.

30th-31st: Quiet days. Enemy snipers more active than usual, but caused no casualties.

Storrs Fox

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On this day 21st June 1917

208/200012 Transport Sergeant Arthur Oldknow

1/5th Battalion was killed on this day

“The transport had very uncomfortable journeys in this sector, especially when passing Fosse Cite de Loos. On 21st June 1917, the whole column was wiped out by shell fire – All the animals were killed, the wagons wrecked, rations and ammunition strewn around. This necessitated the turning out of a fresh column & rations, and, as was invariably the case, they got through eventually. Unfortunately Sgt. Oldknow was killed by the first shell that dropped. He was a transport section in himself, one of those who not only did things, but got things done….”208 oldknow 3

Arthur’s brother, William Henry, also served with the 1/5th Battalion see here

21.6.1917 FOSSE 10: Lt.-Col CB JOHNSON rejoined and resumed Command of Battalion.

Johnson CB

Cyril Benton Johnson

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

June 21: No Change. See disposition of units App 9.21 June 1917M12 and N7 June 1917

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On this day 18th June 1917

18.6.1917 FOSSE 10: Lt.-Col. CB JOHNSON returned from CO’s Conference and proceeded to Hospital.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

June 18 Trenches: Left Subsector taken over by 18th Brigade, 6th Division. 7th Sherwood Foresters moved to BULLY GRENAY. 2nd Cav Brigade Pioneer Battalion dug assembly trench.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On this day 10th June 1917

10.6.1917 FOSSE 10: Lt Col CB JOHNSON proceeded to CO’s Conference at BOULOGNE. Major W SEATON assumed command of the Battalion.Johnson CB

Cyril Benton Johnson

Battalion received a wire of congratulation from 139th Bde on the digging of the advanced trench in RIAUMONT. The assaulting Battalion assembled in it without detection.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

10 June: 139 Brigade relieved in the line by the 138 Brigade on the night of the 10/11th.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

On this day 13th May 1917

13.5.1917 TRENCHES: Major W SEATON assumed temporary command of Battalion vice Lieut.-Col. CB Johnson on short leave to England.

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

Trenches May 13: On the night of the 13th the 5th Sherwood Foresters relived the 6th SF in the line and the 7th SF relieved the 8th SF in the line.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]


3931/241280 Pte James Wheat was killed in action. Son of Mrs Lucy Wheat of 14 Clarence Terrace, Clarence St. in Nottingham. He was previously wounded on 3.10.16 at Bellacourt. Maroc3455/241087 Pte Alfred Sawyer served with “D” Company and was wounded on 13.5.17 at Cite St Pierre

3639 Pte Samuel Brailsford served with “B” Company and was wounded on 14.5.17 at Cite St Pierre

On this day 9th March 1917


12.50am: “B” Company holding KITE COPSE and trenches running SW from corner. BURG strongly held by enemy.1917 trenches Essarts

3.50am: MAJOR ASHWELL DSO wounded in KITE COPSE. Major CB JOHNSON assumed Command. LIEUT DS FOX slightly wounded (at duty).

5.40am: KITE COPSE evacuated by us without loss. Identification of 91st R.I.R [91st Reserve Infantry Regiment] obtained.Johnson CB 3

Cyril Benton Johnson

1/6th Battalion War Diary [WO/95/2694]

To be completed

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]