James Johnson

Servicenumber : 3603507
Rank : Private
Regiment : The Border Regiment
Unit : 1st (Airborne) Battalion
Date of Death : 17-09-1944
Age : 29
James "Jimmy" Johnson was born in Lancashire. He was a son of Mr and Mrs G. Johnson of Coppull. He was married to Ina Johnson of Carlisle. 
Johnson was a member of No. 15 Platoon, C-company. This company (together with 24 Mortar Platoon) left England from Blakefield Farm airfield in 12 Horsas (chalk numbers 196, 198, 207, 209, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217 and 218). They landed near Wolfheze and Renkum on Ladingzone-S. Johnson was reported wounded and missing on 17 september 1944. According to the Roll of Honor, published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (J. Hey, P. Reinders and G. Maassen. 2011) Johnson is known to have been shot in the leg. He died of his wounds some time after.
James Johnson has no known grave. His name is on panel 4 of the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers who died during te campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.  
Sources: Website CWGC and Roll of Honor

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