RSM George William Johnson


Unit : Battalion Headquarters, 7th Parachute Battalion

Service No. : 6281947

Awards : Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military Medal


George Johnson was born in Peterborough on the 7th November 1904. He enlisted on the 16th January 1923 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Buffs, serving in Palestine in 1936 and then India during the following year with the 1st Battalion. Johnson transferred to the 70th Battalion The Middlesex Regiment on the 28th July 1942, and precisely a year later was posted to the Army Air Corps, becoming Regimental Sergeant Major of the 7th Parachute Battalion. He was awarded the Military Medal for his conduct throughout the Normandy campaign, his citation reads:


At Bois de Bavent on 18th June 1944 a patrol reported on return that it had been unable to bring back some of the wounded. RSM Johnson at once organised a party of stretcher bearers and at complete disregard of his own safety returned to the scene of the patrol's task. This area had then been re-occupied by the enemy who were thoroughly aroused by their recent brush with the patrol. RSM Johnson and his party became the target for all the enemy weapons in the area and would have well justified in turning back. However he did not turn back and succeeded in bringing back all the wounded. This Warrant Officer has been an inspiration to all throughout the campaign by his unfailing energy, enthusiasm and complete disregard for his own personal safety.


Johnson served with the 7th Battalion in the Ardennes, Germany and the Far East. He was granted an emergency commission in the Parachute Regiment on the 9th July 1945, army number 355337, and retired on the 15th March 1954 with the honorary rank of Captain (Quartermaster). His military conduct was recorded as exemplary and he received the following testimonial: "Honest, sober & hardworking. He is a very energetic Warrant Officer, who is keen reliable & trustworthy. He has always carried out instructions both at home & overseas in a very conscientious manner. He is in possession of a 1st Class Certificate of Education. I recommend him for any position of trust."


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