Frederick Reginald Johnson DCM
Private 62889 57th Coy.,
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Frederick Reginald Johnson was the only son of Arthur and Louisa Johnson, of 99, Elm Park Road, Reading. He is commemorated on his parents grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.. He died on 21st September 1917, aged 24.
At 5.40am on 20th September 1917 what was subsequently called the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge began. New tactics by the British limited objectives to what could be taken and held. The artillery planning was precise and troops advanced behind a creeping barrage. South of the Menin Road the advance was successful in the face of heavy German resistance. Inverness Copse, Glencourse Wood, Veldhoek and part of Polygon Wood were taken on the 20th September. The German strong point of Tower Hamlets held out until 23rd September. There was severe fighting and much loss of life on both sides with the Allies repulsing counter attack after counter attack. The ground was churned up and German air attacks made carrying casualties even more difficult. Many injured men and the bodies of the dead were lost in barrages and artillery fire from both sides. It is not known exactly when or how Frederick Johnson met his death but his body became on of the 34,888 of the Missing named on the Tyne Cot Memorial
The 1911 census indicated that he assisted his father in the family Bakery.