Burbage During the Great War
Burbage During the Great War

Royal Garrison Artillery

64933 Victor Francis JOHNSON


Victor was born in 1889 in Burbage.  He was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 29th April (age 7 weeks). In 1891 he was living with parents Edward and Martha at Eastcourt Rd Grocers Shop with his two older sisters.  Twenty years later he was ‘assisting in business’ at his father’s grocers and bakery.


Frank joined the Gunners at the outbreak of war and served with the Royal Garrison Artillery

Arthur Langdale SANDS


Arthur was born on 7 March 1899 in Small Heath, Birmingham.  He appears in the 1901 & 1911 Census in Birmingham at St Oswalds’s Vicarage, Small Heath, Birmingham.


He moved to Burbage with parents and siblings just before the Great War.  He went up to Lansing College in September 1913 and left in July 1916.


The February 1918 edition of the Parish Magazine records that he passed with honours for a commission in the RGA.  He was appointed Second Lieutenant on 18th February 1918.

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