JOHNSON, Oliver Denn [ M.C.]

No.292012, Lieutenant, Oliver Denn JOHNSON M.C.
Aged 25

Royal Artillery, attached 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment
formerly attached 11th Durham Light Infantry
formerly attached to Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 3rd October 1944

Oliver Denn JOHNSON was born in 1919 (2nd qtr 1919 Bury St.Edmunds 4a:1234) son of Reginald Oliver Denn and Marjorie Morgan JOHNSON (née OLIVER)

In the 1939 register his parents were at "Crossways" Herrngswell. His father, a native of Barrow, was a market gardener/agricultural salesman who was at Half Acre, Barrow when he died in 1960.

He joined the Royal Artillery and gained an Emergency Commission as a 2/Lt 21/8/1943. Attached to the Suffolk Regiment 11/12/1943. Attached to The Durham Light Infantry 6/7/1944, posted 11th Battalion DLI. With the Battalion on disbandment 26/8/1944. Attached to the Devonshire Regiment, posted 2nd Battalion on the disbandment of 70th Brigade. KILLED in ACTION 3/10/44 with the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Gazetted 21/12/1944. Recommended for DSO but awarded MC. He was originally buried in Lent Burial Ground but re-interred at Arnhem on 10th September 1945.

photo CWGC

Oliver Johnson is buried in Arnhem(Oosterbeek) War Cemetery 9:C:15

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