Stockton-on-Tees, England, UK
Army, SGT, 2nd Btn The Yorkshire
Rgt (Green Howards)
12/8/2007, Afghanistan, Musa Qaleh
Sergeant Lee Johnson was born on 7 June 1974 in Stockton-on-Tees and started his basic training on 30 July 1990. Upon completion of this he joined the 1st Battalion The Green Howards. He served in Canada, Germany, Belize and the United Kingdom, and deployed to the following theatres: Northern Ireland 5 times, the former Yugoslavia once and twice to Afghanistan.
Sergeant Johnson joined B Company as a new recruit and served virtually his whole career in that company. It was fitting that when recently promoted to the rank of sergeant and appointed Platoon Sergeant, it was in B Company. An accomplished sportsman, he represented the Battalion at boxing and the Army at Judo.
Shortly before 1010 hours local time on Saturday 8 December 2007, Sergeant Johnson was taking part in operations to recapture the town of Musa Qaleh in Helmand Province when an explosive device detonated – suspected to be a mine – resulting in the death of Sergeant Johnson and inflicting serious injuries to another soldier in the same vehicle.
Sergeant Johnson was serving with 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as a member of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team, tasked with training the Afghan National Army, when he died.