Here you go, shippers!
1411* Rfn Archibald Bown Johnson, B Coy**, 1/5 London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade).
He was a TF soldier and obviously deployed to France in 1915 (his MIC says Sep 15) and I would assume that he would've gone out as a draft from the 2/5 Bn having volunteered for foreign service. Which indicates that he probably wasn't in the pre-war unit, though I don't know when he enlisted. The LRB lost heavily at Second Ypres (St Julien area) and were broken up to work on the LoC, eventually reforming in Oct 15 so seems logical to assume he was posted in as part of that reconstitution process.
He worked in the Colonial Bank in the City which would fit the middle class demographic of the LRB, who were seen as one of the more exclusive units within the London Regiment recruiting primarily from banking, financial and stockbroking institutions. Pre-war recruits had to pay a joining fee!!
* - you'll find that he was also issued the number 300871 as part of the TF renumbering in 1917. A bit academic really considering he was still lying out in front of Gommecourt Wood - but still officially 'missing' at that point. Sadly, his mother (my great great grandmother) never accepted that he was dead and was convinced until she died that he had been concussed in an explosion, lost his memory and was wandering around France trying to get home.
** - from his Red Cross registration form (he was believed captured initially) which is coming with the medals, it says he was in the Bombing Section. I didn't know he was in B Coy until today.
That's all I have and any gaps you can fill will be hugely appreciated, especially by my mother.
I'm off to reread 'Four Years on the Western Front' now, because I think that the author (Aubrey Smith, MM and Bar) drove the waggon carrying B Coy's field cooker!!
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