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« on: May 14, 2017, 08:56:21 AM »

JOHNSON, HARRY LESLIE
Rank:Private
Service No:K/69641
Date of Death:08/01/1944
Regiment/Service:Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Grave Reference: 44. A. 10.
Cemetery:BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY


Mid Sussex Times - Wednesday 19 January 1944

How a hospital orderly was run over by an Army station wagon when he was walking with other soldiers along the Hailsham-Horam road, Hellingly, on a dark night was described at an inquest on Private Harry Leslie Johnson (37), of a Canadian special hospital.

Johnson, who was a barber in civil life and came from Vancouver, died in hospital at Cuckfield on January 8 from pneumonia consequent on multiple injuries.

At 10.30 p.m. on January 1, Johnson and three other soldiers were returning from the Railway Hotel, when they were joined by a fifth soldier, pushing a cycle. As they came near the Hellingly hospital they saw the lights of a vehicle approaching. There was a thud and the vehicle afterwards pulled up and returned. Johnson was found lying in the road. He was admitted to the Cuckfield hospital with multiple injuries, including fractures of both legs.

Driver Jack Wilson stated that it was a very dark night, and the light from his headlight was poor, but from the lights of torches he realized that a number of people were walking in line along the road. He immediately put his brakes on and sounded his hooter. He saw several people scatter, but one reeled in front of the wagon, and witness could not avoid him.

Recording a verdict of "Accidental death," the Coroner said he was perfectly satisfied that the driver of the wagon was taking all reasonable care. The men were apparently just casually blocking the road and not taking sufficient notice of what was approaching. He thought inquiry should be made as to the rather poor headlight on the wagon.

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 09:53:53 AM »

Name:   Harry Leslie Johnson
Birth Date:   30 Dec 1907
Birth Place:   Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Residence Place:   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Death Date:   8 Jan 1944

Arrived UK 28.3.1943
He had Multiple Injuries And Pneumonia . He was hit at 10.30pm 7th and died in hospital at 1450 on 8th

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2017, 09:59:49 AM »

I think the 1st is more likely than the 7th for the accident - pneumonia would take more than a day?
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2017, 20:37:53 PM »

well spotted John
He was admitted to hospital 2.1.1944

Also see he was a Barber in civvy life. His effects included Barbers Equipment--a nice little sideline to have
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