Johnson Joseph Edwin Lieutenant 165875
Name Johnson Joseph Edwin
Army number 165875
Date of birth Born Sunderland 11/12/1919 - registered January 1920 - mother's maiden surname Snowball.
Unit Durham Light Infantry - Emergency Commission as 2/Lt 28/12/1940. Posted to No 4 Infantry Training Centre, Brancepeth. Posted 70th Bn DLI. Re-posted to No 4 ITC. Posted 8th Bn DLI. Posted 11th Bn DLI 9/10/1943. Served Normandy. KILLED in ACTION with 11th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry 27/6/1944.
Company/Battery 70th Bn - C Company then B Company. 11th Battalion - C Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Duty Officer. 13th Platoon - Platoon Commander.
Joined Brigade 9/10/1943.
Promotions W/S/ Lt 28/6/1942.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action KILLED in ACTION 27-Jun-44 at Rauray. Initially interred at Rauray - Map 7F/! reference 889.656. Re-buried 30/4/1945 in Grave IV. D. 7. Fontenay-le-Pesnel War Cemetery, Tessel. Headstone inscription reads:- "I AM CONTINUALLY WITH THEE: THOU HAS HOLDEN ME BY MY RIGHT HAND".
Home address Resident of Sunderland. Son of James Edwin and Alice Irene Johnson of Seaburn. In the 1939 General Register was listed as an Architectural Student. Married January 1942 to Sylvia Chris Townsend - registered in Sunderland.
Source table 11DLI
The McGregor Card Index shows Lt Johnson's Officer number to be 165675 - this appears to be a transcription error on the Card. His Battalion records also show his number as 165675, while both the London Gazette and CWGC have him as 165875. We have chosen to use this latter number.
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