Major General Dudley Graham JOHNSON VC CB DSO* MC

Born1884 Rockcliffe, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
Died1975 Fleet, Hampshire. Buried at Christ Church, Crookham, Hampshire
FatherCapt William JOHNSON (1841 – 1899)
MotherRosina ARNOTT (1852 – 1926)
OccupationArmy Officer. Educated at Bradfield School and RMA Sandhurst

Biography and Notes

Johnson served with the 3rd Wiltshire Regiment in the Second Boer War. He transferred to the South Wales Borderers upon graduating from Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1903. He was 34 years old and an acting lieutenant colonel in the South Wales Borderers, commanding the 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment during the First World War when the following deed took place at the Sambre Canal in France for which he was awarded the VC.

"On 4th November 1918, the 2nd Infantry Brigade, of which the 2nd Bn. the Royal Sussex Regiment formed part, was ordered to cross the canal by the lock south of Catillon. The position was strongly defended and the assaulting and bridging parties were halted 100 yards from the canal by a heavy barrage. Lt. Col. Johnson arrived and personally led an assault but heavy fire again broke up the attack. He reorganised the assaulting and bridging parties and this time effected a crossing. The success of this dangerous operation was entirely due to his splendid leadership."

Between the wars he attended the Staff College, Camberley (1923/4) and held a number of instruction and staff posts before being appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment in 1928. He commanded the 12th (Secunderbad) Infantry Brigade in 1933 and became General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 4th Division from 1938 to 1940. He was replaced as Divisional Commander after the Battle of Dunkirk in June 1940 and made GOC Aldershot Command later on in 1940 before becoming Inspector of Infantry in 1941. He retired in 1944 and was Colonel of the South Wales Borderers from 1944 to 1949.

His VC and other medals are displayed at the South Wales Borderers Museum at Brecon, Wales.

Life Events

1899Death of father Capt William JOHNSON
1912Married Marjorie GRISEWOOD in Daylesford, Gloucestershire
1926Death of mother Rosina ARNOTT

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