Reginald Croom-Johnson

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Sir Reginald Powell Croom-Johnson KC (1879–1957) was a British politician and judge.

Croom-Johnson began his career as a solicitor in 1901. In 1909 he married Ruby Ernestine Hobbs. They had three sons, one of whom was killed in 1940 while serving in the Second World War. In 1929, he was elected the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Bridgwater. In 1938, he resigned his seat in Parliament after being appointed a Justice of the High Court. This resignation precipitated the 1938 Bridgwater by-election.

From October 1938 to January 1954, he was Judge High Court of Justice, King's Bench Division. He presided over the Oakham Assize of May 1947, when Mrs Teresa Agnes Yorke appeared charged with performing an illegal operation. As she pleaded guilty, the Jury was not sworn in, and the judge sentenced her to four years penal servitude. The Assize lasted a total of 24 minutes.

Reginald died at age 78 in Trull, near Taunton, Somerset on 29 December 1957.

Several photographic portraits of Croom-Johnson exist in the National Portrait Gallery.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brooks Crompton Wood
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater
Succeeded by
Vernon Bartlett