JOHNSON, Arthur Edward (of Bingham)

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King's Royal Rifle Corps

Born 1891, Died 1961

Interned in a German prison camp during the First World War, Mr. Arthur Edward Johnson died at his home in Cherry Street, Bingham, in July 1961. He was aged 71.

In July 1961 the Newark Advertiser reported:-

"Born in Bingham, Mr. Johnson enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps soon after the outbreak of war and served in Italy, France and Germany. After being shot in the knee he was interned in a prison camp where his leg was amputated.

"He was repatriated the day after the armistice and returned to London where he spent a further 18 months in hospital. Although he had to use crutches he learned the watchmaker’s trade and eventually set up in business in Bingham 38 years ago.

"He was a member of the Bingham branch of the British Legion and also the Bingham Conservative Association.

"Mr. Johnson leaves a widow, Mrs. Violet Johnson, two daughters and seven grandchildren.

"The funeral service was held at Bingham All Saints Church on Friday.

"Arriving in time to attend the funeral were Sergt. R. Hall-Johnson (nephew) and his wife who had flown from Southern Rhodesia.

"Family mourners were: The widow; Col. H.H. Johnson (brother), Mr. and Mrs. D. Langley (sons-in-law and daughters); Sergt. and Mrs. Hall-Johnson; Mr. and Mrs. H. Marston (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mrs. F. Macek (niece)".

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