The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant William Johnson|
Name of Ancestor: William Percy Johnson
Ancestor's date of birth: 1854
Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided
Cause of Death: Not stated
Service Number: 34194, 4498
Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: Cape Town, South Africa
Unit: Brabant's Horse, Kitchener's Horse
Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: Detail not available
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War Service
Murray Page: Not applicable - did not serve in an Australian unit
Contingent: Not applicable
Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa
Memorial details: Detail not provided
Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittebergen and Cape Colony calsps; King's South Africa Medal with SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps..
Personal Characteristics: Adventurous, perhaps unreliable as he left his wife and seven children at the time. Said to have served with Kitchener in the Sudan.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided
Details of service in war: On 5 November 1899, Major-General Sir Edward Yewd Brabant, KCB, CMG raised the Light Horse regiment known as Brabant's Horse. The top strength of the unit was 600, all ranks, including South African colonials, Australians, British, Canadians. The unit saw much action against Boer commandos. Brabant's Horse was disbanded in Cape Town on 31 December 1901. He also saw service in: Kitcheners Horse 11 months, Rhodesian Police 10 months. Total service two and a half years.
Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia on "Sophocles" February 1902, deserted his wife and children who lived in Sydney, and disappeared. No details of his death are known.
Name of Descendant: Arthur Johnson, Narrabeen NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson
Name of Descendant: Patricia Smith, Wollongong NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great-granddaughter