Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant
Regiment or Ship: 3 Ambulance Train, Royal Army Medical Corps
Service Number(s): 749
Date of Birth: 1888
Place of Birth: Ringmer, Sussex
Date of Death: 11.04.1948
Place of Death: Bexhill Place of Burial / Memorials:
Bexhill Cemetery FC E 08.
Address: 91 Windsor Road, Bexhill
Photos and newspaper articles
Spouse: James married Florence ISTED in 1912.
James, born 1912
Donald, born 1919
Harold, born 1923
Bernard born 1928
All born Bexhill
First World War Experience
James arrived on the Western Front on 15th August 1914, thus being entitled to the 1914 Star with Clasp and Roses. During his service he rose from Private to Quartermaster Sergeant. The detail of his service is not known, but it resulted in him being mentioned in despatches and being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
Meritorious Service Medal.
Mentioned In Despatches.
1914 Star with Clasp.
British War Medal.
At about his 1912 marriage James had transferred from his police duties in Lewes to Bexhill.
Upon discharge from the Army James found employment with Solomon Sargent’s haulage and carrier firm, well known in Bexhill. He remained with this company for the rest of his life. At the time of his death he was the company’s warehouse foreman.
He kept in touch with his Army life and in 1937, until his death, he was a member of the Hastings & St Leonards Branch of the Old Contemptibles Association. In 1941 he was a committee member.
During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and was also Senior Air Raid Warden of Sector 14, the area covering his home in Windsor Road.
His funeral recognised his Army service. His coffin was draped with the Old Contemptibles standard surmounted by a poppy wreath. The local branch of the Old Contemptibles Association formed an honour guard at Bexhill Cemetery chapel.
His otherwise unmarked grave has the metal marker of the Old Contemptibles Association.