10/06/1922 – 13/04/2010
Born in Sedgeberrow and a pupil at Pershore Senior School, Mr Johnson joined the Worcestershire Regiment at the age of 16 in 1938. Walter married Joyce on the 9th June 1945 – she had been in the land army at Avonbank Pershore where they met. In 1943 joined the Paras and is described on the division’s training record as “well above average, a capable performer and good jumper”.
During the assault on the battery, he was wounded by enemy fire and an explosion before being repatriated to England. After the war, he became a landscaper and worked alongside Percy Thrower. Later in his life, he moved to Presteigne, Wales, and won an award for the best-kept garden in Radnorshire, dedicated to his wife Joyce. Today Walter is buried in the cemetery of Presteigne.