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Johnson moved to Yorkshire in the 1920s and was for 54 years a working miner.
He was also a life-long member of the Communist Party, along with his wife, Martha.
Billy's brother, Jack, was an outstanding orator during the 1926 general strike and miners' lock-out in the Castleford area.
The family of five brothers were all victimised for a long period following the struggle.
Source: funeral oration notes of Frank Watters dated 24th June 1982