Driver John H James

18 Sep 1944

John Howard James was the son of William and Annie James, of Tonyrefail, Glamorgan. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Driver James successfully completed glider training and was attached to 133 Parachute Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Dvr James was killed, aged 22, on the LZ (Landing Zone), on 18 September 1944. He was seen lying dead on the floor of the crashed glider CN (Chalk Number) 1025, together with Dvr Joseph Parker. It was already severely burning and the bodies could not be recovered due to the intense heat. (Roll of Honour, 5th revised edition, 2011) Dvr James has no known grave and is commemorated on the Groesbeek memorial to the missing.

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