1. Memorial:Oneglia Town Cemetery ItalyOn North boundary.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.127
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour57C GQS

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Family :

Youngest son of the late Mr. T. J. E. Johnson, of Badulla, Ceylon, late of Hertfordshire; husband of Olga Johnson, of Waimate, New Zealand.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 12/East Surrey Regiment 

12th (Service) Battalion (Bermondsey) Formed at Bermondsey on 14 May 1915 by the Mayor and Borough. Moved to Witley in October 1915 and attached to 122nd Brigade in 41st Division. Moved to Marlborough Lines (Aldershot) in February 1916. Landed at Le Havre 2 May 1916

Action : Italy (1914-1918) 

Following the collapse of the Italian Front in late 1917 a number of British Divisions were sent to Italy to support and stabilise the Italian effort. In March 1918, XIV Corps (the 7th, 23rd and 48th Divisions) relieved Italian troops on the front line between Asiago and Canove, the front being held by two divisions with one division in reserve on the plain. The French held the line to the left, with the Italians to the right.

The front was comparatively quiet until the Austrians attacked in force from Grappa to Canove in the Battle of Asiago (15-16 June 1918). The Allied line was penetrated to a depth of about 1,000 metres on 15 June but the lost ground was retaken the next day and the line re-established. Between June and September, frequent successful raids were made on the Austrian trenches.

In October, the 7th and 23rd Divisions were sent to the Treviso area of the River Piave front. The 48th Division, which remained in the mountains as part of the Italian Sixth Army, played an important part in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto (24 October-4 November 1918) in which the Austrians were finally defeated. By late 1918 the danger had passed and many of the British troops returned to the Western Front.

Returned from Canada in Dec., 1914, proceeded to France in May, 1915.

Detail :

2/Lieutenant Malcolm JOHNSON. The 12th Battalion War Diary states that Johnson was killed accidentally whilst the battalion was en route by train towards Mantova Italy. It says The train halted at CAMPOMOROME where a cordial reception was given to the battalion. Sandwiches and cigarettes were handed out to the men and the CO was handed a bouquet. 2/Lieut MT JOHNSON was accidentally killed on this day. The exact circumstances are at present unknown, but the Division was part of the British force sent to Italy to bolster the Italian war effort after its catastrophic defeat at Caporetto.

Probate JOHNSON Malcolm Thomas of Dymoor House Richmond Hill Surrey second lieutenant East Surrey regiment died 16 November 1917 at Oneglia Italy Probate London 11 April to Alfreday Olga Johnson and Mary Johnson widows. Effects £805 9s.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Canada No. 3527 E.C.London

11th June 1917

Malcolm advanced no further than that of Entered Apprentice and, just a few months after initiation is noted as "Killed in Action 16 Nov 1917." He is listed as a 28 year old Lieutenant from Saltash.

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