Sunday, 26 April 2015

Jump, James Hilton - Pilot Officer

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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 4 August 1942
Aged 25

Pilot Officer James Jump was attached to No. 21, Personnel Transit Centre at Kasfareet, Egypt, when, on 18 July 1942, he was taken ill with Typhoid Fever. He was admittec_ to No. 19 General Hospital, where he died on 4 August.

James was the son of Albert Edward and Alice Jump. He was aged 25. He was educated at a public school in Southport. He joined the R.A.F.V.R. in September 1939 and trained in Rhoc_esia under the Empire Training Agreement. He later flew fighter planes in India. He had also seen action in the recent operations against German and Italian forces in Libya and Egypt. Before James joined the R.A.F.V.R. he was the office manager for Messrs. William Redfearn, Iron and Steel Merchants, of Manchester. His father was the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Haslingden and Bury.

James lies in Fayic War Cemetery, Egypt. Fayid is a small town 20 kilometres south of Ismailia on the western shore of the Great Bitter Lake, which is at the mid-point of the Suez Canal. The cemetery was opened in June 1941 for burials from military hospitals. It contains 765 Commonwealth burials from the 1939-1945 War. James is buried in Plot 2, Row F, Grave 18.