Private William John Johns was a 19 year old night sweeper from Glebe, New South Wales. His mother was Mrs Edith Johns, and his father was deceased. He was married to Mrs Lillian Johns of Broughton Street, Glebe, and was the father of William Benjamin David Johns. He enlisted on 20 March 1916 and was assigned to the 56 Infantry Battalion, 2 to 9 Reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Port Sydney A15 from Sydney on 4 September 1916. He proceeded overseas to France aboard the Princess Victoria on 14 December 1916 and was taken on strength on 25 December 1916. He was reported missing in France on 2 April 1917, and was later confirmed killed in action on that day. He was 20 years old. He was buried in Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.


Kimberley Russell, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017