William Earl Johns

William Earl Johns

Birth
Tring, Dacorum Borough, Hertfordshire, England
Death 21 Feb 1968 (aged 75)
Islington, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Cremated at Bonner Hill
Memorial ID 35221044 · View Source
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William Earl Johns - the self-styled Captain W.E. Johns, writer of the "Biggles" books. Having joined the Territorial Army in 1913, Johns was mobilised in 1914, training as a machine gunner. In 1917, Illness saw him transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. In July 1918, he was posted to France, piloting a D.H.4 bomber. He was wounded, shot down, captured and sentenced to death, though he survived. Johns was a competent artist and very successful writer. He lived for some years on the borders of Hampton Wick and Hampton Court, at Park House, actually overlooking the Palace and Home Park and backing on to the Royal Paddocks and Bushy Park. The House is less than two miles from the historic Sopwith Camel production facility, which was near to Kingston Station and demolished in the 1980s. Johns was best known for the "Biggles" stories but also wrote gardening articles for "My Garden" magazine. There is a primula name "William Earle", a name sometimes used by Johns. I am grateful to Paul Narramore for informing me that Johns was cremated in Kingston.


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  • Created by: Kelvin Adams
  • Added: 27 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35221044
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Earl Johns (5 Feb 1893–21 Feb 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35221044, ; Maintained by Kelvin Adams (contributor 47019579) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Cremated at Bonner Hill.