Capt James Dacres Belgrave

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain James Dacres Belgrave, MC and Bar, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. A World War I flying ace credited with 18 aerial victories. Second son of Dalrymple James Belgrave (barrister and writer ) and Isabella Richardson. Educated at Bedford School. Trained at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 16 Dec 1914. He was wounded in action in November 1915. Promoted to Lieutenant on 13 Feb 1916. On 27 Oct 1916 he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, serving in 45 Squadron, flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter. He shot down six enemy aircraft between February and May 1917. On 18 Jul 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross. On 1 Sep 1917 he was appointed flight commander with the temporary rank of Captain. After serving in 61 Squadron on Home Defence duties, he returned to France in Apr 1918 to serve in 60 Squadron, and flying the S.E.5a he shot down twelve more aircraft in May and June, bringing his total up to 18. He was killed in action about four miles east of Albert on 13 June 1918, and is buried at the Grove Town Cemetery in Méaulte, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France. He was awarded a bar to his Military Cross in Sep 1918, three months after his death.
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James Dacres Belgrave MC. Capt Oxf & Bucks L.I. att RAF. Killed in action 13 Jun 1918 aged 21 years. His life for his country, his Soul to God.

James Dacres Belgrave

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