Harrogate Herald - 15th December 1915
Knaresborough Men with the Colours - Photo Page
Lance Corporal J W Lister
Lance Corporal T M Lister
Claro Times – 20th February 1915
Sergeant G B Johnson, of The Dispensary,
Knaresborough, whose photograph we reproduce in this issue, has
served 23 years with the colours, and is now at Easington, near
Spurn Hear, one of the most important positions on the East Coast.
There are few better known military men in
Knaresborough and district, than Sergeant Johnson. He joined the 1st
Volunteer Battalion in 1893, when the Brigade Bearer Company was
formed in connect with the G Company. He was transferred to that
unit, and was promoted at that time to Corporal, being fortunate in
commanding the winning team for four years in succession in the West
Yorkshire Brigade Ambulance Competition.
In 1900, while still serving with the above unit, he
volunteered to go to South Africa with the 1st Volunteer Service
Company, under Captain, now Colonel Wood, of the 5th West Yorkshire
Regiment, and served with that Company during the eighteen months it
was in South Africa. He took part in the battle of Lang's Nek, and
was present when the Boers shelled Elands Laagte. Sergeant Johnson
was the recipient of the South African medal with four bars, and he
also has the long service medal.
He has the distinction of being the only serving
Territorial of the Battalion with the exception of the Colonel, who
went through the South African campaign, and has served continuously
in the battalion.
Sergeant Johnson volunteered on the mobilisation of
the Territorial, and transferred to the Reserve Battalion, being
sent to guard the coast. He was under fire at the Hartlepools when
they were shelled by German battleships. His Company is the only one
in the Battalion which has been under fire during the present war.
The only two brothers of Mrs Johnson are on active service. Driver
J W Lister is in the Army Service Corps, and Private Thomas
Lister is in training in the 13th Service Battalion of the new