Corporal Edward G Johnson

05 Mar 1945

Edward George Johnson was the son of Charles George and Martha Jane Johnson; husband of Rosina Mary Johnson, of Chilworth, Surrey.

Corporal Johnson served with 2 Platoon, 250 Divisional Airborne Light Composite, Royal Army Service Corps and went to Arnhem on Operation Market Garden.

He was taken as a Prisoner of War and first went to Stalag XIB at Fallingbostel but later was transferred to Stalag VIIIC near Sagan, Germany.

In early February 1945, many of the prisoners were forced marched westwards. On 27 or 28 February while on the march near Apolda, Cpl Johnson broke the line, together with other prisoners, to go to a nearby field to relieve themselves. A previously acceptable practice although against orders that anyone breaking the line would be shot. Cpl Johnson was shot and seriously wounded in his abdomen. Although taken to a nearby hospital the wound was to prove fatal. He died on 5 March 1945, aged 29 and is now buried in Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.

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