On Wednesday, 17 April 2019 we honoured Private Edmond Woodward Johnson at a Last Post Ceremony.
Edmond was born in 1897 in Hobart, Tasmania, to Frederick and Emma Johnson. When Edmond was 15 his family moved to the Northern Territory where they lived on a farming property on the Daly River. In March 1916 at the age of 19, Edmond enlisted to the AIF – the Australian Imperial Forces.
Later that year in August Edmond left Brisbane for overseas service aboard the HMAT Boorara where he joined the 47th Australian Infantry Battalion in France.
The 47th Australian Infantry Battalion took part in many major battles including the Battles of Messines and Passchendaele. It was in the Battle of Passchendaele where Captain J. Brack commended Edmond for his conduct when his company stretcher bearers were killed, and on his own accord, he carried and dressed the wounded. He worked tirelessly under heavy machine gun fire and showed great determination.
On the 28th of March 1918, during the Battalions final attack – the attack on Dernancourt – Edmond was killed in action.
Edmond’s family name will be forever remembered in Johnson Park, Darwin.
His name is listed on the Cenotaph, amongst fellow Territorians who died while serving. His is but one of the many stories of service and sacrifice to be told at the Cenotaph.