Arthur Herbert Johnson

Sapper Arthur Herbert Johnson, H63745
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Royal Canadian Enginners

Sapper John is sponsored by the City of Winnpeg.
Sapper Johnson était parrainé par City of Winnipeg.

 I am proud to pay tribute to the memory of the 16 Winnipeg soldiers killed in action during the assault on the beachs of Normandy on June 6, 1944. These young men, representing a number of different regiments, gave their lives fighting for freedom. It is right and fitting to remember their sacrifice. I commend the Juno Beach Centre for its committment to creating a striking visual memorial during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. These markers remind us of each individual sacrifice, as well as the gravity of Canada’s loss.
– Mayor Sam Katz, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Arthur Herbert Johnson was born on 2 June 1919 in Port Arthur, Ontario.  When he enlisted on 10 October 1941 in Winnipeg he was single and had been working for the Canadian National Railway for four months as a labourer. Prior to that he had been a farmer.  He initially joined the Fort Garry Horse but, within a week, he had transferred to the engineers. He completed his basic training in Canada and joined 6 Field Company RCE in England on 27 August 1942.

Until the end of 1942 the Company was heavily committed to training – both in the technical Combat Engineering skills required for warfare as well as participating in a number of exercises to developing their team skills and ability to support Combat Arms units. 1943 saw the training emphasis focusing on Assault Training with its focus further sharpening in the first few months of 1944 to the preparations for the D-Day landing and assault.

Sapper Arthur Herbert Johnson landed with 6 Field Company RCE later on D-Day in a follow-on wave.  He moved off the beach but was killed in Reviers by a sniper bullet. He is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France.

 

…. Based on Research conducted by the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association.

 

 

Birth place and date: Arthur Herbert Johnson was born in Trenton, ON on 12 February 1923.

Religion: Arthur was a member of the Church of England.

Occupation: Before the war, Arthur served as a metal worker at Benedict & Proctor Co.

Marital Status: Arthur was never married.

Parents: Arthur’s parents were Margaret and Harry Johnson.

Siblings: Arthur had two brother, V.J. and C.H., and two sisters, Ada and Doris.

Next of kin: Arthur’s next of kin was his mother, Margaret.

Date and location of enlistment: Arthur enlisted on 13 January 1942 in Kingston, ON.

Medals: Edward was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.

Additional Information:

  • Arthur was 15 years old when he finished public school.
  • Arthur had hoped to be an office clerk when he returned from the war.

Burial location: Arthur is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 25 years old when he died.

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

THIS TRIBUTE PROFILE CONTAINS AVAILABLE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ONE OF THE CANADIANS WHO DIED ON JUNO BEACH ON 6 JUNE 1944. THE PROFILE ALSO RECOGNIZES THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION WHO GENEROUSLY SPONSORED THIS SOLDIER, AND INCLUDES A MESSAGE OF THANKS AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE SOLDIER’S NATIVE TONGUE AND HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE LEST WE FORGET PROGRAM AND, IN SOME CASES, THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED WITH THE SOLDIERS.  DUE TO THE INCONSISTENCY OF HISTORICAL RECORDS AND THE SPARSE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST-HAND WITNESSES, WE KNOW MORE ABOUT SOME THAN OTHERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE ANY MATERIAL OR HELP IN OUR EFFORTS TO PRESENT THE BIOGRAPHIES IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH, PLEASE CONTACT: JBCA@JUNOBEACH.ORG.

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