68644 Captain 'Jimmy' James Alfred Hampton STYLES, 67 Field Regt RA: 17/05/1940, buried Adegem

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  1. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    The Dunkirk Veterans met annually in Worcester, each year they remembered their lost comrades but they never as far as I can tell found the grave of Capt Jimmy Styles Commander of A Troop.
    His driver did attend at least one meeting where he mentioned that he last saw him advancing towards the enemy with a revolver in his hand but could not recall exactly where.
    Jimmy Styles was Australian so why he is in the Canadian Cemetery is a little odd.
    Attached is a paragraph mentioning their activities in the chaos between 15th - 18th May the dates given by the Registration of the CWGC.
    His gravestone gives the date of 17th May.
    The 67th Field Regt RA (TA) were part of 1st Infantry Division and apart from this short period withdrew in good order to Bray Dunes with the exception of A Troop who held the canal at Dunkirk.
    The cause of his death appears to be unknown.

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial. A number of isolated graves from various communal cemeteries and churchyards in Belgium have also been brought into this cemetery since the end of the war. The cemetery now contains 1,119 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and one unidentified burial of the First World War. There are also 33 Polish and two French burials.

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  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Adegem was used as a concentration cemetery for scattered burials from all over Belgium. He is a hand-written insertion on the 1955 typed register which means that he was moved from another cemetery after that date. Unfortunately, there is no grave concentration note on the on-line records. Maybe worth asking CWGC where he was moved from.

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  4. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    James Alfred Hampton Styles
    BIRTH 20 SEP 1916 • Victoria, Australia.
    DEATH 15 MAY 1940 • Theatre of War France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40

    He may have been born in Australia but in 1939 and possibly before (to be eligible to be noted on the Electoral Register) he may have been in the UK sometime before that

    Midlands, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1955
    Name: James Hampton Styles
    Residence Year: 1939
    Ward or Division/Constituency: Kings Norton
    Street Address: 57 Alvechurch Road
    Residence Place: Birmingham, West Midlands, England

    His Uncle and Aunt lived in Alvechurch
    England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976
    Name: J A H Styles
    Father's Name: Harley Styles
    Death Date: May 1940

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  7. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    You wouldnt be able to find him in the 1939 Census by any chance. I am wondering if he was a solicitor, many of the officers in the 67th were, others were the sons of Clergymen.
    The Commanding Officer Cyril Hobson MC & Clasp was a solicitor in Redditch. Alvechurch whilst not in Worcestershire is virtually Redditch.
  8. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron


    In the Casualty Lists he is reported:
    List No 227 Dated 10 June 1940 - 'Missing' DNR
    List No 597 Dated 22 August 1941 'Presumed KIA' 15/18.5.40
    He also appeared in the lists circulated to POW camps in case he had been captured.

    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Record set Victoria Births
    First name(s) James Alfred Hampton
    Last name Styles
    Sex Male
    Birth year 1916
    Birth place Ardale
    Father's name Harley Hampton
    Mother's name Lillian Mary
    Mother's last name Price
    Registration number 26072
    State Victoria
    Country Australia

    Source Gro War Death Army Officers Indices (1939 To 1948)
    Archive reference ARO2
    Volume 3
    War Second World War, 1939-1945
    Record set British Armed Forces And Overseas Deaths And Burials
    First name(s) James A H
    Sex Male
    Last name Styles
    Death year 1940
    Rank Lieutenant
    Unit or regiment Royal Artillery
    Type Armed Forces
    Page 313
    Registration year -
    Branch of service -
    Decoration -
    Records year range 1940
    Line number 5
    Archive General Register Office

    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory Wills & Probate
    Collections from Australasia, Australia
    Record set Victoria Wills & Probate
    First name(s) James A H
    Sex Male
    Last name Styles
    Grant year 1942
    Death year 1940
    Occupation Royal Artillery
    State Victoria
    Country Australia
    Nature of grant A
    Country of residence England
    Death date 15 May 1940
    Grant date 17 Nov 1942
    To whom committed -
    File number 337/138
    Order link VPRS 28/P3, unit 3715;
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  9. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    So he wasnt a straightforward casualty case which is why no one knew what had happened to him after the war.
    Major Tom Averill a founder member of the Dunkirk Veterans Association spent a lot of time trying to find his grave on annual visits to Le Panne but appears not to have succeeded. Tom died in 2008.
    He is mentioned in a London Book Review article Belts boots and Spurs by Jonathan Raban when writing about his father Capt Peter Raban as an aunt suggested that Peter Raban join the 67th.
    Peter Raban was a Lieutenant with Capt Styles in A Troop but strangely (to him) makes no mention of his death.
    Peter Raban left Dunkirk on HMS Esk.

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  10. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    I was rather hoping for a long shot with him turning up on British Field Graves of the men who were Buried close to where they fell in 1940 but it seems not.
    It appears that he disappeared while the Regiment having reorganised as part of 1st Division at Aspelare then moved on towards Dunkirk, arriving at Bray Dunes where they dug in to defend the beaches until all their ammunition was spent. They must have had to pull out without him.
    Unfortunately no one who was there could locate exactly where they were or who the enemy was that he advanced towards holding a pistol.
    The story of their withdrawal is told in the Regiments Centenary Brochure in 1964 but most of the Belgian place names seem to have been badly guessed or certainly mis-spelt.
    Whether he was shot in a one off incident, falling amongst vegetation, hit by bomb or shell splinters, then found later is a mystery.
    I will try the CWGC as a last resort.
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