Private James Johnson of Devoran died in Yemen on 12 April 1916, serving with the 1/4 Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.
Private James Johnson, 2753, 1/4 Battalion, DCLI (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) died on 12 April 1916. He is buried at D76, Maala Cemetery, Yemen, suggesting he died defending Aden against the Turks.
His battalion served in India 1914–1916, in Aden from 1916–1917 before serving a(fter Johnson’s death) in Egypt 1917–1918.
Johnson was posthumously awarded the standard Victory and British War Medal.
Born in Falmouth around 1879, he was listed on Soldiers Who Died in the Great War as resident in Devoran. The CWGC website lists him as the husband of Alice Johnson, Belmont Terrace, (Trevoran – CWGC spelling mistake) Devoran, Truro.
James Johnson, like others in his Falmouth extended family, was a House Painter.
In 1901 the couple were living in 55a Killigrew Street, Falmouth.
In the 1911 census, James and Alice (b. 1879, Perranwell /Perranarworthal) had been married 11 years and were living at Carnon Gate with their two children Charly / Charles Johnson b. 1901, Perranwell / Perranarworthal and Cathleen Johnson, b.1909, Falmouth. 2 others of their children died young.
The ‘hidden’ or first draft 1914-1916 panel of the Devoran Parish Roll of Honour lists him amongst the 1914 enlistments or volunteers.
James Johnson and family, remembered in his home village of Devoran.