Leonard Johnson was born in Blurton in 1885. His family home was Tilery Cottage, Hem Heath and he was one of eight children.
He had worked at Florence Colliery and as a brickyard labourer, but he was also a reservist for the North Staffordshire Regiment. In the 1911 census he is listed as serving in India. As a reservist, he was called to the colours at the outbreak of war.
He married Mary Ann Cadman in 1914 and their son Leonard Johnson was born in the same year.
He served as a private in the 1st Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment, regimental number 7853, and was killed in action at the Somme on 5 September 1916, aged 31. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Photo from the weekly Sentinel of 7th October 1916