James, Robert Keith (No. 162485)

James, Robert Keith (Keith)

Flying Officer (Navigator/Bomber)

No. 162485, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died in service on Thursday 16 November 1944 (aged 21)

Buried:

Nicosia War Cemetery, Cyprus (Grave 3. A. 6)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Regent House School Newtownards

Queen’s University Belfast

Forster family grave headstone in the graveyard of St. Mary the Virgin Church, Norton, Durham

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Keith James was born on 29 November 1922 in Stockton, Durham and he was a son of Robert and Edith Gertrude James (nee Forster).  Robert James worked as a marine engineering draughtsman and their marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1921 in Stockton.  The James family moved to Belfast and they lived at 7 Wingrove Gardens, Bloomfield and later at 7 Kilhorne Gardens, Knock.

Robert Keith James attended Norton Boys’ School and then Regent House School, Newtownards from 1934 until 1940.  After leaving school he went to Queen’s University Belfast to study medicine.  He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was 21 when he died on 16 November 1944 in Cyprus.  His effects amounted to some £49 and probate was granted to his father.

Flying Officer Robert Keith James (No. 162485) was buried in Nicosia War Cemetery, Cyprus and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

‘O LORD,

ABIDE WITH ME’

Flying Officer Robert Keith James (No. 162485) is commemorated in Regent House School; in Queen’s University Belfast and on the Forster family grave headstone in the graveyard of St. Mary the Virgin Church, Norton, Durham.

His maternal grandfather, William Forster, died on 7 March 1910 (aged 64) and his maternal grandmother, Martha Forster, died on 26 May 1934 (aged 79).