On the 21st July 1917 the Malvern News reported: “The death took place on Saturday last, of Mr Joseph Johnson, Chester Place, Newtown, second son of the late Mr and Mrs J. Johnson, Eastbury, North Malvern, aged 55 years. The deceased who was a former member of the Malvern Artillery, offered his services to the Army after the outbreak of War, and was accepted. With his long experience as a Volunteer he was appointed a drill instructor, and attached to the Artillery in the South of England until about a month ago, discharging his duties most efficiently. He returned to Malvern in failing health and an operation became necessary. His eldest son, Bertram, of the R.F.A., was killed in action some time ago.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, in St Matthias Churchyard, the burial service being conducted by the Rev D.F. Scotcher, curate-in-charge of the Church of the Ascension. The mourners were Mrs Johnson (Widow), Mr Christopher Johnson and Mr Godfrey Johnson (sons), Mrs P.J. Smith (daughter), Mr Walter Johnson and Mr Horace Johnson (brothers). Others present were Messrs, R. Ford, T. Pennington, W. Bowen, F. Taylor, and H. Horniblow.”
Malvern News 21/7/17