Edgar Johnson, great uncle of Norwood and West Adelaide ruckman Michael Gregg, played one senior game for Norwood and volunteered for service in two world wars.
His one league game was a thriller, with South Adelaide hanging on to defeat Norwood by nine points, 7.9 to 6.5, at Norwood Oval on 31 May 1919. Key defenders Dan Moriarty (South) and Harry Johns (Norwood) were hard to pass all day. Spencer Sibley brought Norwood close with the only goal of the last quarter but South responded with four behinds.
Born at Athelstone on 10 November 1893 to Frank Johnson and his wife Pauline Auguste, née Eisemann, Edgar had two brothers and three sisters. HIs sister Ruby was Michael Gregg's grandmother
In World War I Edgar enlisted in the 19th Australian Army Service Corps Company on 27 July 1915 and served in France as a private with the 2nd Field Bakery before his discharge on 20 December 1918. In World War II he enlisted in the 3 Training Battalion on 2 August 1940 and was a corporal when discharged on 2 July 1942.
Predominantly a citizen of Payneham, Edgar was a baker. He was 62 when he died in Adelaide on 26 December 1955
P Robins, D Cox Oct 2019
* Picture kindly supplied by Patricia Schroeder, first cousin once removed of Edgar Johnson