James North (1920-1940)

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James North was born in 1920 in Huddersfield, the son of Matthew North and his wife Emma (née Earnshaw)

At the time of the 1921 Census, the family was living at 157 Leeds Road, Huddersfield. By 1939, they had moved to 31 Thistle Street.

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Air Force. He was seriously injured when Blenheim IV (P6909) crashed on 29 March 1940 after it "struck a tree while flying low over a thickly wooded hillock near Sittingbourne".[1] He died a few days later.


Huddersfield Examiner (08/Jun/1940):


After Sorrowing, Joy Short-lived

Mr. and Mrs. M. North, of 31, Thistle Street, Leeds Road, on Friday received notice that their son, Leading-Aircraftman James North (20), was dead, and his brother inserted a death announcement in “The Examiner.” Then on Saturday morning they were told by the War Office that their son was not dead, but was lying seriously wounded in hospital. It was then stated that he was progressing favourably. Mr. and Mrs. North were delighted at the news that, their son was still alive, but their joy was short-lived, for on Sunday afternoon came the sad news that Leading-Aircraftman North had died in hospital on Saturday night.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



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