1884 Jan/Mar. birth registered in Tynemouth which covers Longbenton and Walker. Born Widdrington Northumberland on 31 Dec 1889 according to Northumberland Fusiliers. I believe he lied to enlist at some stage, and was born in 1883, probably Dec 31 is correct
1891 census 12, Mitchell Street, Longbenton, Walker
1901 census 1346, Walker Road, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne
1911 census at 103 Hugh Gardens, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne as on MIC
1914 Oct 13. Enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers.When war broke out he was working as a clerk in the Newcastle Infirmary
1915 May 18. Landed in France
1918 May 29 Commissioned 2nd Lt
1918 Oct 14. He was awarded the VC. south west of Wez Macquart, France. During operations by strong patrols, Second Lieutenant Johnson repelled frequent counter-attacks and for six hours, under heavy fire, he held back the enemy. When at length he was ordered to retire he was the last to leave the advanced position carrying a wounded man. Three times subsequently this officer returned and brought in badly wounded men under intense enemy machine-gun fire.
1920 Attended the V C Garden Party at Buckingham Palace,
1921 May 12. Attacked in the street
1921 Sep 1. The undermentioned relinquish their commissions on, completion of service: — 2nd.Lt and retain the rank of 2nd.Lt J Johnson V.C
1921 Jun 15. Joined ADRIC with service no 2066, and was posted as a Temp. Cadet to "R" Company.
Fined £1 by Coy Commander
1921 Aug 22. He was struck off strength as a deserter
1929 Nov Attended the House of Lords Dinner for VCs
1941 Jul He started work with the temporary staff in the the Plymouth City Treasurer's Office. He lived at 2 Salisbury Road, Plymouth,
1943 Mar 23. Died Plymouth, Devon Registered as James B Johnson aged 59 (implying born 1883/4).
In his will Johnson left his VC to his regiment.
2015 Mar 23. - 2Lt James Johnson VC - Commemoration
The branch will be holding a short service and laying a wreath to commemorate 2Lt James Johnson, VC, on Monday 23rd March 2015 at 1100hrs at Efford Cemetery.
James Johnson, from Northumberland, was 25 when war broke out in 1914; enlisting in October 1914 is joined the Northumberland Fusiliers and was attached to the 36th Battalion. The act of bravery that resulted in his being awarded the Victoria Cross occurred on October the 14th, 1918. where he managed to hold back the enemy for six hours, under heavy fire.
James moved to Plymouth from the North East towards the end of his life and worked in the city Treasurer's Office. He died on March the 23rd at the age of 53. This will be the first time the branch has arranged for his death to be commemorated - he was a true hero and deserves nothing less.