Pte R.E. Johns Parachute Regiment

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  1. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    Whilst searcing for something tottaly different, I came across the following photograph of the grave of Private R.E. Johns of the Parachute Regiment in Ranville War Cemetery.

    Robert Edward Johns aged 16 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    on checking up his CWGC entry, I am amazed that he was only 16. Is he the youngest Second World War II British Casualty ?


    14434704, 13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
    who died age 16
    on 23 July 1944
    Son of William Henry and Daisy Nellie Johns, of Stamshaw, Portsmouth.
    Remembered with honour
  2. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Im not sure if he is the youngest WW2 casualty, but I think he was the youngest casualty in the Parachute Regiment. I think the words placed by his family say it all 'He died as he lived fearlessly'

    I have spoken to a chap in the past who said he was a sniper with the 21st Independent Parachute Company at Arnhem, he was 17 at the time. He didnt speak much about what happened when he was there, everything else but.
    Thing is I cant remember his name!

    I will look in the cemetery at Oosterbeek in April when I am over there to see if I can find the youngest casualty


  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    The youngest paratrooper to serve in the D-Day landings is being honoured with a plaque in the street where he lived.

    Portsmouth City Council is placing information panels on each of the roads where the 119 men from the Hampshire city lived who took part in the Normandy campaign.

    They served with all three armed services as well as the Merchant Navy.

    They ranged in age from 16-year-old Private Robert Johns, who served with the Parachute Regiment, to 47-year-old Warrant Engineer William Smith, who was killed when HMS Mourne was torpedoed.

    Pte Johns ran away from home at the age of 14 and was the youngest to pass the jump course.
    Youngest paratrooper to serve in D-Day landings honoured with plaque

    Service Number 14434704

    Died 23/07/1944

    Aged 16

    13th (2/4th Bn. The South Lancashire Regt.) Bn.
    The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.

    Son of William Henry and Daisy Nellie Johns, of Stamshaw, Portsmouth.


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  4. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    1939 Register
    129 Jervis Road, Portsmouth C.B., Hampshire
    Johns household (3 people)
    Name - DOB - Occupation - Marital status
    William H Johns - 01 Mar 1890 - Electric Crane Driver, Heavy Worker - Married
    Daisy N Johns - 08 Apr 1892 - Unpaid Domestic Duties - Married
    Ivor T Johns - 15 Apr 1930 - At School - Single

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