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Ernest P Johnson


Ernest Johnson enlisted in the US Army in October 1940. He was sent overseas and was stationed in London as a member of the Arcadia 32nd Military Police (MP) company, National Guard, when he met WAAF Dorothy Dempster.
The pair were married on 2 May 1942. This was reported as the first WWII marriage between an American serviceman and a British woman.
Their daughter Frances was born in London on 8 April 1943. After her baptism, one of Ernest’s friends, Private Henry Resten, who was from the same MP company, sent in a photograph he had taken on the day to his parents with the following comment:
“The picture I am sending is of Ernest Johnson and their baby the day the baby was baptised. I was godfather and Joyce West, one of Mrs. Johnson’s friends was godmother. It was a beautiful service and made me feel good all over.”
The couple had three more children – Ronald, Michael and Stephen – and lived for many years in Arcadia, Wisconsin. Ernest died in 1991, Dorothy in 2001.
Frances M Johnson died 9 April 2002.
Ronald P Johnson was born 24 July 1944, in Fulham, London and died 20 November 1965 in Vietnam.
Michael Johnson was born 3 April 1946 in Arcadia, Wisconsin and died 10 May 1972.
Their youngest, Steven Johnson was born 2 March 1951 in Arcadia, Wisconsin.



  • Dorothy Dempster

    Dorothy served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War. ...

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Born Wisconsin, United States 23 February 1919

the son of Peter and Sophie Johnson

Enlisted Arcadia, Wisconsin, United States 15 October 1940

as a Private in the Infantry

Married Dorothy Dempster London, UK 2 May 1942
Baptised their daughter Frances London, UK April 1943
Lived in Arcadia, WI 54612, USA 1946
Buried Calvary Cemetery, Arcadia,Wisconsin, United States 1991
Died Fountain City, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, United States 10 October 1991


Date Contributor Update
09 April 2016 13:30:58 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography and events

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US 1940 Census

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 09:22:34 Lucy May Changes to events

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Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 09:17:27 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events, person associations and media associations

Created entry for Ernest using information from Dorothy's entry.