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Johnson, Arthur

British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
District Locomotive Superintendent
Burma Railways, Indian Civil Service, Government of Burma
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1943
"Mr Johnson was one of the demolition party of the Burma Railways workshops just outside Rangoon. During the subsequent evacuation by train he displayed great bravery and leadership when the train in which the demolition party was leaving was ambushed by the Japanese. Although there was heavy firing at the train Mr. Johnson extricated a railway officer who was wounded and unable to move. he improvised stretchers for this officer and another wounded member of the party and organised a carrying party which, owing to the darkness, had to travel slowly, thus minimising the chances of escape. With the aid of Burmese guides he was able to bring the stretcher party safely away from the scene of the ambush. This was a very gallant exploit. Throughout the rest of the campaign he displayed outstanding energy, conspicuous leadership and self sacrifice."
George Medal


  • - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35882 published on the 26 January 1943