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NAVAL LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL TO S.P.O. F. JOHNSON, H.M.S. OXLEY (K.I.A. H.M. SUBMARINE "REGULUS" 1940)

*** RESERVED *** Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal George VI to K.61069 F. Johnson, S.P.O., H.M.S. Oxley.
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Frederick Johnson was the son of Percy and Annie Marie Johnson and husband of Mary Johnson of Gosport, Hampshire. He joined the Royal Navy on 4 Feb 1925, serving first at H.M.S. Dolphin before stints aboard H.M. Submarine "Parthian", which was later to be sunk in 1943. He served aboard H.M. Submarine "Oxley" from 26 July 1937 to 2 May 1938 (she would be sunk herself in 1939, torpedoed in error by H.M.S. Triton). Johnson's luck only lasted  until 1940. Serving aboard H.M. Submarine "Regulus" under Lt. Cdr. Frederick Basil Currie, the crew of 123 left Alexandria to patrol in southern Adriatic on 23 November 1940. She was reported overdue when she failed to return to Alexandria on 6 De 1940. She was most likely mined in late November or early December 1940, although the Italians claimed to have sunk a submarine on 26 Nov 1940. all hands were lost, along with Johnson who was aged 39. He is commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

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