Private Edward J Johnson

18 Sep 1944

Edward James Johnson was the son of Cpl T Johnson and the husband of Edith Johnson, of Upper Gornal, Worcestershire. He enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Johnson successfully completed his parachute training on course number 65 at RAF Ringway on 17 to 28 May 1943. His course report stated “Quiet, hard worker, fearless.” He was posted to HQ Company, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, and took part in operation Slapstick (Italy) and Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Pte Johnson was killed in action on 18 September 1944, aged 29, and was given a field burial near Oosterbeek Hoog Station and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 13 August 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

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