|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1893|
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1918|
Casualty of The Great War, James was one of two brothers who made the Supreme Sacrifice. He met his death in Scotland after an endeavour to rescue fellow officers from an aeroplane accident. He was 24 having been born in Leytonstone in 1893,(Civil Registration- Births Dec 1893 W.Ham 4a 267) - a son of Tylney Harris Child and Constance Octavio/Octavia Child, of 83, King's Rd., Leytonstone.
He went to Canada and took up banking and mining prospecting. He enlisted in the Canadian Militia, and not being able, when war broke out, to leave with either the First or Second Canadian Contingent, came over at his own expense, and obtained a commission in the Durham Light Infantry and the Manchester Regiment As he was not sent to the front, he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force, and for his work he was Mentioned in Despatches, and won the Military Cross, the decoration of Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre. Later he secured a permanent commission.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) James Martin Child, Manch. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While leading a patrol he encountered four enemy scouts, one of which he destroyed. On another occasion he attacked one of two enemy two-seater machines which he encountered over the enemy's lines. He disabled the machine, and skilfully turned it towards our lines, where the enemy pilot was forced to land and he and his observer were taken prisoner. On another occasion he attacked five enemy scouts, one of which he destroyed. He showed the greatest judgment and determination.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 Apr 1917 1520 19 SPAD VII (B1537) Albatros C (DES) NW of Douai
2 25 May 1917 0645 19 SPAD VII (B1537) Albatros D.III (OOC) W of Douai
3 07 Jun 1917 0915 19 SPAD (B3502) DFW C (DES) SW of Menin
4 21 Oct 1917 0825 84 S.E.5a (B562) Albatros D.III (OOC) Gheluvelt
5 08 Nov 1917 1415 84 S.E.5a (B562) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 E of Poelcapelle
6 22 Nov 1917 1145 84 S.E.5a (B562) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Bourlon Wood
7 22 Nov 1917 1150 84 S.E.5a (B562) DFW C (CAP) Flesquires
8 30 Nov 1917 1230 84 S.E.5a (B562) Albatros D.V (DES) Malincourt
James is buried in a wargrave with Private Memorial-the grave is shared with his sister, Constance Madaline Child and his elder brother, Lieutenant Jack Escott Child who died on active service with the Royal Air Force a little over two months later.
**Note, i have been given permission from Scott Hamilton at theaerodrome.com website to use the photo of James for this memorial.**
Tylney Harris Child (1857 - ____)
Constance Octavia Oxley Child (1861 - ____)
Jack Escott Child (1889 - 1918)*
James Martin Child (1893 - 1918)
Constance Madaline Child (1898 - 1926)*
Chingford Mount Cemetery
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Greater London, England
Plot: C.R. 7284
Created by: darealjolo
Record added: Sep 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42031312