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Captain James Martin Child

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Captain James Martin Child

Birth
Leytonstone, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England
Death 23 Aug 1918 (aged 24)
Drakemyre, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Burial Chingford, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England
Plot CR 7284
Memorial ID 42031312 View Source
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Son of Tylney Harris Child and Constance Octavia Child of 83 King's Road, Leytonstone

He went to Canada and took up banking and mining prospecting. He enlisted in the Canadian Militia, and, when war broke out, not being able 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, 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.

He met his death in Scotland after an endeavour to rescue fellow officers from an aeroplane accident.

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 skillfully 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.

Victories
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

Permission given by Scott Hamilton at theaerodrome.com to use the photo of James


Inscription

Per ardua ad astra
In loving memory
Of
Capt James Martin Child MC
Manchester Regt & RAF
Chevalier of the Order of Leopold and Croix de Guerre
Who died on active service
23rd August 1918 Aged 24 years
Also
Lieut Jack Escott Child RAF
Brother of the above
Who died on active service
3rd November 1918 Aged 29 years
What better service can a man render than he
Be ready to die for his country and comrades
Also
Constance Madaline Child
The dearly beloved sister of above
Who died 20th February 1926
Aged 28 years


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  • Maintained by: Adrienne
  • Originally Created by: darealjolo
  • Added: 16 Sep 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 42031312
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42031312/james-martin-child : accessed ), memorial page for Captain James Martin Child (20 Oct 1893–23 Aug 1918), Find a Grave Memorial ID 42031312, citing Chingford Mount Cemetery, Chingford, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Adrienne (contributor 47022212) .