b. 31/12/1889 Widdrington, Northumberland. d. 23/03/1943 Plymouth, Devon.
He was a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers, British Army, attached to 36th Battalion during the First World War and 28 years old when on 14 October 1918 south west of Wez Macquart, France, he performed the act for which he was awarded the VC.
During operations by strong patrols, Second Lieutenant Johnson repelled frequent counter-attacks and for six hours, under heavy fire, he held back the enemy. When at length he was ordered to retire he was the last to leave the advanced position carrying a wounded man. Three times subsequently this officer returned and brought in badly wounded men under intense enemy machine-gun fire.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS, ALNWICK CASTLE
BURIAL PLACE: EFFORD CREMATORIUM, PLYMOUTH, DEVON. ASHES SCATTERED.
James Johnson's VC on display at the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Museum.
(Picture - Thomas Stewart).
Efford Crematorium, Plymouth Plaque placed in March 2015 (Picture kindly supplied by Carol Pollard)