|Place of birth||Chandlers Peak, Gruyra, New England, New South Wales|
|School||Gruyra Public School, New England, New South Wales|
|Other training||Was on long sea voyages as a sailor for 5 years joined at the age of 16 honourably discharged when he was 21, was not in Navy. Was employed on passenger and cargo boats.|
|Address||230 Glebe Road, Glebe Point, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Father, C A Johnson, Salisbury Hotel, Stanmore, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||36th Battalion, Machine Gun Section|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/53/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||36th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Given name on RoHc spelt Laurence. His comrades told me he took 3 German machine guns on the day of his death. His Commanding Officer was killed at same time and place - no one else could recommend for Decorations.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Villers-Bretonneux, France|
|Age at death||28.4|
|Age at death from cemetery records||28|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Christopher Alexander and Margaret Ann JOHNSON, 23 Goodhope Street, Paddington, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 6779 Pte Laurence William JOHNSON, 8th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 October 1918; 2 cousins killed, one of them missing.|
War service: Western FrontMedals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Name recoded on Embarkation Roll as Lawrence Leslie JOHNSON.|