Where are they now? - Saturday, April 14, 2012

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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JOHNSON: I am researching my family history and have discovered that my grandfather’s elder brother, George Charles John Johnson was awarded the Military Medal (MM) whilst serving as a sergeant with 2/Royal Munster Fusiliers; an interesting choice of regiment for someone from a Portsmouth family with no Irish connections, but there you are.

My research leads me to believe that George, accompanied the Royal Munster Fusiliers to France in August 1914 and was involved in their epic (but probably now little known) action at Etreux on 27 August during the retreat from Mons.

He was in all likelihood taken prisoner when what remained of this battalion surrendered at the end of this action.

As by August 1918 he was getting married in neutral Holland, however, he must have at some stage then either have escaped or had been repatriated under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

I am still not sure which. The award of the MM was not published in the London Gazette until 30 January 1920 (the “Prisoner of War Gazette”) and it was, I believe, for his actions in Etreux.

I have however as yet been unable to trace a copy of the actual citation.

Any information to ij.watterson@btinternet.com or 01557 814165

Ian Watterson

Bracken Wood

Castle Douglas

Madge: I live in Romania and I wish to contact my son, who I have not seen, or heard from in almost 20 years. His name is David George Madge: D.o.b

15/08/1975 in St Mary’s Hospital. I lost contact with him when I left Portsmouth and I should like for him to contact me, or I could contact him. My phone no is 004021 210 7463 and email colinmadge@gmail.com

Mr. C Madge

Sos Stefan Cel Mare, Nr.60,

Bl.41, Sc.A, Et.7, Ap.20,

Sector 2, Cod. 020152,




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