Edward Lewis JAMES


JAMES, Edward Lewis

Service Number: NX4011
Enlisted: 3 November 1939
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Staffordshire, England, 25 July 1908
Home Town: Ingleburn, Campbelltown Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Machan's Beach, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 5 March 1945, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery
Plot A. Row C. Grave 20
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN NX4011
3 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SN NX4011

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Edward and Elizabeth James; husband of Marie Elizabeth James, of Ingleburn, New South Wales.

Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-118 (VMZI-FM) crashed into the sea about 400 yards out from Machan's Beach, just north of the mouth of the Barron River near Cairns - the pilot had been warned not to take off due to a cyclone in the area, however they left from Townsville and crashed near Cairns. The aircraft was carrying:

Major General George Alan Vasey VX9 - HQ 7 Australian Division

Major General Rupert Major Downes CMG VD of the Australian Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant Colonel George Anthony Bertram OBE NX324 of Advanced Land HQ "G" Branch Australian Headquarters

Corporal Edward Lewis James NX4011 of Local Administration Staff Australian Headquarters - Batman to General Vasey

Colonel Robert Heathcote Russell DSO NX168 of the Australian Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant William Riggall VX80932 of the Australian Army Service Corps - PA to General Vasey

RAAF crew from Number 4 Communications Flight:

Flight Lieutenant John William Newell 404543

Flying Officer Gordon Thomson DFM 400573

Warrant Officer Berrol Samuel Frieze 409400

Flying Officer Donald James Bassett 406465

Leading Aircraftman John Dudley Moore 77157