b. 15/10/1890 Worksop, Nottinghamshire. d. 25/04/1945 Arnold, Nottinghamshire.
He was 27 years old, and on 3 October 1918 at Ramicourt, France, he performed the deed for which he was awarded the VC.
For most conspicuous bravery at Ramicourt on the 3rd of October, 1918. When his platoon was held up by a nest of enemy machine guns at very close range, Sjt. Johnson worked his way forward under very heavy fire, and single-handed charged the post, bayoneting several gunners and capturing two machine guns. During this attack he was severely wounded by a bomb, but continued to lead forward his men.
Shortly afterwards the line was once more held up by machine guns. Again he rushed forward and attacked the post singlehanded. With wonderful courage he bombed the garrison, put the guns out of action, and captured the teams.
He showed throughout the most exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: SHERWOOD FORESTERS MUSEUM, NOTTINGHAM.
BURIAL PLACE: REDHILL CEMETERY, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. SECTION L, GRAVE 6.
William Johnson's medals including VC on display at the Sherwood Foresters Museum, Nottingham Castle (Feb 2014).
Johnson's grave in Redhill Cemetery, Nottingham
Medal update September 2016 - Brian Drummond