Born: 23rd February 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 6th June 1944; age: 23 Killed during operations at Normandy on D-Day. Operation Overlord.
Rank: Marine; Service Number: PO/X108641.
Regiment: Royal Marines, 48 Royal Marine Commando.
Father: Alfred George Johnson, born August 1901, Dover, Kent.
Mother: Rose Eliza Johnson (nee Bennett), born 1898 Ipswich.
48th Royal Marine Commandoes landed at Saint Aubin-sur-Mer, 30% of the landing craft were damaged or sunk on the beach defences and mines. Many landing craft caught up on the obstacles dropped their ramps, offloading the troops into deep water. Many Commandos drown swimming for the beach caring their heavy packs.
Supporting tanks sink in the soft sand giving the Commandoes limited support. Extreme resistance from the German defenders in well fortified positions. Close quarter fighting in the village.
The 48th Closing the gap between Juno and Sword beach.
48th Royal Marine Commandoes push on to Langrune-sur-mer.