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Cadet Cedric Johnson
Clifton College Cadet Corps
(Engineers)

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

CABINET PHOTOGRAPH OF CEDRIC JOHNSON, AGE 15, CLIFTON
COLLEGE CADET CORPS (ENGINEERS), AUGUST 1901
Photograph by Jeffries of Station Bridge, Northwich

Cedric Johnson was born on 2 June 1886, the son of T.A. Johnson of Northwich, Cheshire. Cedric entered Clifton College in September 1900 and was placed in Form 3c. He won a Cap for his distinction in work and games and lived in Smith House. He reached Form 5b after which he left the College in April of 1905.

Cedric attended Manchester University and was Captain of the Manchester XV. In 1911 he went to work for the British Aluminium Company as an Assistant Manager. While in this employment he resided at West House, Hartford, Staffordshire. Johnson did not serve in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Johnson left his position with the British Aluminium Company in 1913 and went to work for Brunner, Mond & Company from 1913 to 1939. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard. His address in 1962 was listed as Old Greenfields, Newick, nr. Lewes in East Sussex.

Cedric Johnson had two brothers; Oscar Johnson and Cuthbert Johnson. Both brothers also attended Clifton College.

Oscar Johnson was born in 1888 and entered Clifton College in May 1902. He was commissioned on 26 September 1914 and served with the 1/5th Cheshire Regiment in France and Belgium from 1915-1919 and was awarded the Military Cross. After the war he went on to tea and rubber planting in Ceylon and retired to Sussex in 1946.

Cuthbert Johnson, the youngest of the brothers, was born in 1892 and entered Clifton College in May 1906. He was commissioned in the Cheshire Regiment on 7 September 1914 and served with the 5th Battalion in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1915, when he was severely wounded (with the loss of a leg). He was transferred to the Ministry of Munitions for the remainder of the war, rose to the rank of Major, and received two mentions in despatches and the M.B.E. for his war service. After the war he went to work for the Mond Nickel Company in London.

Cedric Johnson was married and had one son and one daughter. His son, Anthony Coventry Johnson, entered Clifton College in May 1928. During the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant in the South Lancashire Regiment and was attached to the 2nd Sikh Regiment.

REFERENCES:

1. Clifton College Register, 1862-1912, p. 372

2. Clifton College Register, 1862-1962, No. 5724

3. Monthly Army List, April 1915, p. II06.