Johnson, Mortimer Rex

Last updated on 02-Jun-19

Mortimer Rex Johnson


1936 Pte. Mortimer Rex Johnson was born in 1885 at Mount Gambier, son of Dr. John Johnson and Mary Isabella Mayme.  He was a farm hand at Rhyll before enlisting on 26th February 1916 at Melbourne with the 3/50th Battalion.  He embarked from Adelaide on 13th July 1916 on HMAT Seang Bee and disembarked at Plymouth on 9th September 1916.


He was sick to Salisbury Hospital with diphtheria on 12th April 1917.


He was sick again and sent to the Group Hospital, Codford with rheumatism on 31st July 1917.


Mortimer returned to Australia on HS Borda on 16th September 1917, and disembarked 21st November.


He was discharged medically unfit on 4th Jan 1918 and returned to the farm at Rhyll.


Mortimer was a dairyman at Ky-valley, Kyabram from 1919.  He was accidently killed there on 29th May 1942 when struck by a car while riding his bicycle and was buried in the Kyabram Cemetery.


Mortimer Rex Johnson is commemorated on the Phillip Island RSL Book of Honour and the Phillip Island RSL Roll of Honour.