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Johnson, Cyril

Mr. Cyril Johnson M.A. Senior History Master at the Buckhurst Hill County High School was killed on October 14th, 1943 in a flying accident in this country while on active service with the R.A.F. Educated at the Strand School and King’s College, London, Mr. Johnson first taught at the Nantwich and Acton Grammar School from 1932 – 1937 before proceeding to the Swanwick Hill County School. In September 1940 he joined the staff of his last school, and threw himself whole-heartedly into the varied activities of a young and growing school, during a very trying period. In March 1942, he joined the R.A.F.  and after a brief initial training in this country completed it in S. Africa where he could have remained as an instructor. He had returned to this country barely eight weeks before his death, which will be deeply mourned by his friends and colleagues and pupils past and present. Cyril Johnson was a history scholar of fine perception and culture and his teaching was inspired by a passionate love of truth and a reverence for the values inherent in his subject. On the playing field and in the classroom his service was characterised by an untiring zest, enthusiasm and devotion. He leaves a wife and daughter. A.M.A. March – April 1944

Biographical

Surname(s)Johnson
First name(s)Cyril
Date of birth24 December 1909
Family details

Son of Harold and Constance Johnson; husband of Mabel Kenyon Johnson. Daughter aged 7 and son as yet unborn. Home address-Wistaston, Cheshire

Previous educationStrand School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1927-1930
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts, History
Qualifications

M.A. Lond.

Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number1615489
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death14/10/1943
Age at death33
Rank at deathSergeant (Nav.)
Place of deathKells Brows, Whitehaven
Cause of deathKilled in flying accident. Plane had defect in wing span.
Note of student record: Kiled in flying accident - RAF 14.10.43
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel
Notes

In 2007, Sgt Johnson was made an honorary Cumbrian.
On 10th September, 2008: 65 Years after the fatal crash, a memorial seat with engraved plaque listing the names of the five airmen who lost their lives, was unveiled and dedicated, near to the crash site at Kells Brows, before relatives and invited guests.
http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk/home/1.241049


A blog about the Johnson family can be found at: http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2009/11/jay-johnson-and-meg-clarke.html

Sources

King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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