Trying to find more information on uncles.

I think they are Leslie and Eric Johnson. They are brothers of Elsternwick (I think)

Is there any easy way to track down these records (assuming they are brothers).

Their mother died in 1918 and their father in 1938.




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Comment by Debra on August 21, 2013 at 12:17

Hi Rob,

You can search the WW2 nominal roll here

With a name like JOHNSON you have your work cut out for you.  It will be easier if you have a date of birth or at least a year.

What were their parents' names?


Comment by Debra on August 21, 2013 at 12:51

Sorry, I just saw that the photo notes their parents' names.

Les was born Leslie Albert in 1908 so this might be him.  He died in 1942 in Malaya:

The Roll of Honour circular confirms that it is the right person:

As his NOK was his sister K. HORNE, then this is likely to be Eric:


Neither of these service records have been digitised but you can request it to be done.  Search using the name and service number at (search the collection) then click on the 'control symbol' link and on the next page you will see 'request a copy' on the right hand side.


Comment by Debra on August 21, 2013 at 13:09

Another link for you:

Do you know which of his brothers was the third to enlist?  I am not having any joy with Patrick or Edward/Edmund, was there another son?


Comment by Rob Russell on August 21, 2013 at 15:59

Hi Debra, I am in the process of digesting all this. Really appreciate your help.

These men are my father's cousins and after his mother died in childbirth and his own father enlisting in WW1 life was tough. To my knowledge he did not get to meet any of his cousins. I found these boys mother's death notice-

Johnson.- On the 26th June, Margaret, beloved wife of Albert H. Johnson, 350 New Street, Elsternwick, and loving mother of Kitty, Eileen, Eddy, Vera, Leslie,Roy, Eric,Harold, and loved sister of Kate and Pat. (June 1918)

Its great now to give this pic  some names and get to know my forebears. Quite amazing.


Comment by Debra on August 22, 2013 at 17:02

Hi Rob,

So it looks like it was Harold who was the third brother to enlist:

RR & GDD = Recruit Reception and General Details Depot

The detail on the football website is more than you would find with idle research.  I wonder if it has been given to them by a relative of the family?  Might be worth emailing them if you are looking to make contact with relatives.



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