62185 Lt-Col Richard Whitfield JAMES, Somerset Light Infantry Cdg. 5th Bn. DCLI: 11/07/1944

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    JAMES, RICHARD WHITFIELD
    Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    Service No: 62185
    Awards: Territorial Decoration
    Regiment/Service: Somerset Light Infantry Cdg. 5th Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
    Date of Death: 11/07/1944
    Age: 29
    Cemetery: BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: X. C. 15.
    Location: France
    Additional Information: Son of Harold Thomas James and Ethel S. James, of Matlock, Derbyshire.
    Personal Inscription: HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE
     
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    Lest We Forget.
     

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  4. Guy Hudson

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    From the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 29th July 1944.
     

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  5. Owen

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    From page 44 of the 43rd Wessex Div history by Essame.


    The DCLI , however , were falling thick and fast . It could only be a question of time now before they would be overrun by sheer weight of numbers . Lieut.-Col. James with the remnants of his battalion fought on. When last seen , he was directing the fire of the artillery from up a tree . A machine gun burst caught him in the neck and he fell dead almost beheaded.
     
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