Tag Archives: Leslie Nethercote Johnson

On this day 16th June 1917

2466/240584 Sergeant Gershon Shimwell awarded the Military Medal.

“For conspicuous gallantry in the Lievin Sector on the night 2nd/3rd June 1917 when out with a working party that was caught in heavy bombardment”Shimwell

1939/240333 L/Cpl John Laurence Adams awarded the Military Medal.

“For conspicuous gallantry in the Lievin Sector on the night 2nd/3rd June 1917 when out with a working party that was caught in heavy bombardment”

2283/240504 Pte Henry Fletcher awarded the Military Medal

2283_240504 Fletcher June 1917

The Officer was Sergeant was 2nd Lieut. Leslie Nethercote Johnson (who later died of wounds) and the Sergeant was William Booth, a quarryman from Peak Dale.

16 June Trenches: Disposition of units as follows:-

  • 6th Sherwood Foresters on RIGHT
  • 7th Sherwood Foresters on LEFT
  • 5th Sherwood Foresters RIGHT SUPPORT
  • 8th Sherwood Foresters LEFT SUPPORTleft

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

On this day 3rd June 1917

3.6.1917 LIEVIN SECTOR: 2/Lt LN JOHNSON MC killed in action whilst on working party (M.30.C.9.5).M.30.C.9.5.

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

2nd Lieut. LN Johnson’s death occurred on the 3rd June while in charge of a working party in the Bois de Raiumont, when an advanced trench was being dug for the assembly position of the 138th Infantry Brigade, who attacked from there a few days later.

Johnson was one of the Battalion’s most popular officers……and his grave is in the little cemetery between Fosse 10 and Sains-en-Gohelle, where rest the bodies of a good many of the Battalion’s Rank and file.

1/6th Battalion Regimantal History


Casualties from the 3rd June 19171868:242606 Offord

Alban Offord from Retford died aged 21

  • 1658/240201 Sergt William Booth aged 26. 
  • 4398/241494 Pte Harry Cooper aged 47.
  • 5122/241864 Pte Harry Fuller aged 24.
  • 7751/242541 Pte William Howitt-Walker.
  • 2540/242605 Pte Walter Moxon aged 28.
  • 1868/242606 Pte Alban Offord aged 21.
  • Lieut Leslie Nethercote Johnson aged 29.

The men were buried in either Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extension in Sains-en-Gohelle, which was the site of the North Midland Field Ambulance, or in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery by the 7th Casualty Clearing Station.

Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extension

Fosse 10 cemetery242606 OffordFosse 43-47

Noeux-Les-Mines Communal CemeteryNoeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery

Other men wounded on this day

  • 3665/241163 Pte ARTHUR BUXTON
  • 2204/240467 Pte FRED HURLER
  • 2563/240639 Pte ERNEST MATTHEWS
  • 2277/240501 Pte FRANK DRABBLE
  • 2867/240771 Pte ALBERT BAGSHAW
  • 2609/240660 Pte ARTHUR COLLIER
  • 3890/241264 Pte WALTER BLAIR
  • 4215/241401 Pte WILLIAM SIMMONS
  • 4190/241390 Pte JOHN HENRY CRYAN
  • 4399/241495 Pte JAMES BLAKEMORE
  • 3400/241053 Pte HERBERT STEEPLES
  • 3302/242408 Pte ERNEST BRAZIER
  • 7731/242521 Pte ARTHUR AUGUSTUS DEACON
  • 7721/242511 Pte ARCHIBOLD BRANSON
  • 4559/241568 Pte PERCY HARMER
  • 5183/241874 Pte HERBERT TAYLOR
  • 5809/242627 Pte RICHARD WEBB
  • 2493/240602 Pte FRED MOORCROFT
  • 4075/241346 Pte JIM RAMSKILL

On this day 7th September 1916

7.9.1916 LONDON GAZETTE: NOTTS & DERBY REGT. The Precedence of the undermentioned 2/Lts (Temp Lieuts) to be as notified against their names & not as previously stated:-

  • GKK MAUGHAN 4th June 1915
  • CA BROWN 5th June 1915
  • JL PERCIVAL 6th June 1915
  • AB WALLIS 7th June 1915
  • HW HIGHAM 14th June 1915

Second Lieutenants to be Temporary Lieutenants:-

  • RW CASH withe precedence from 8th June 1915 (March 2)
  • G GLOSSOP with precedence from 9th June 1915 (Feb 12)

7.9.1916 BELLACOURT: 2/Lt LN JOHNSON rejoined from Hospital.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]

Martinets WoodMartinets Wood 20127th: Our support line was shelled about midday and MARTINETS WOOD during the evening – very little damage being done in either case.

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