Huffam, Major James Palmer

Huffam, Major James Palmer

Male 1897 - 1968  (70 years)

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  • Name Huffam, James Palmer 
    Prefix Major 
    Born 31 Mar 1897  Dunblane Perthshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Feb 1968  Hendon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On 1901 census of 66 Princes Street Perth

      On 1911 census living with parents house joiner apprentice

      At time of marriage Captain in Duke of Wellington regiment and holder of Victoria Cross for bravery in WW1 in France.

      Second Lieutenant Huffam with three men rushed an enemy machine-gun post and put it out of action. His position was then heavily attacked and he withdrew, carrying back a wounded comrade. Again in the night, accompanied by two men only he rushed an enemy machine-gun, capturing eight prisoners and enabling the advance to continue.

      Apr 1920 sailed Liverpool to Bombay on the Zeppelin

      12 Feb 1927 sailed Liverpool to Sierra leone on the Abinsi
      29 sept 1931 sailed Liverpool to Sierra leone on the Abinsi

      Registered for identity card in 1939

      Served in the Second World War. He was the Assistant Provost Marshall in France in 1940.

      Later achieved rank of Major.

      Picture a lovely day at the seaside alive with crowds of people - a big erect Officer good looking amd medals on his uniform. Everybody takes a second look as he passes. A sudden shower people scurrying every direction for shelter, our hero always prepared for emergencies has a large umbrella. A young lady in dainty frills but no umbrella - "allow me please " " Why not?" That was it , on introducing themselves to each their surnames alike, both Hougham.


      2nd Lieutenant James Palmer HUFFAM
      5th Battalion. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) (TF).

      For the conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, on 31st August 1918. With three men he rushed an enemy machine - gun post and put it out of action. His post was then heavily attacked and he withdrew carrying a wounded comrade. Again, on the night of the 31st August 1918 at St. Servin's Farm accompanied only by two men, he rushed an enemy machine - gun post, capturing eight prisoners and enabling the advance to continue. Throughout the whole of the fighting from the 29th August to 1st September 1918 he showed the utmost gallantry.
      (London Gazette, 26 December 1918)

      After the war he remained in the Army and was seconded to the RAF from the 1st Duke of Wellington's Regiment in the rank of Flying Officer - Wikipedia

      In 1939 Phone book of 11 The crescent Ripon

      Arrived London aboard " City of Poona" from Calcutta Port Said Malta Colombo on 28 Junw 1926

      Arived Liverpool aboard " Appam" from Port Harcourt, Lagos, Freetown, Takoradi, Calabar, Accra, Plymouth
      on 3 June 1929 Berwick upon Tweed

      Arived Southampton aboard " Breman from Cherbourg on 5 July 1931 Address 128 Piccadilly London

      Arrived Liverpool aboard "Appam" from Port Harcourt, Lagos, Apapa, Accra, Takoradi, Freetown and Madeira on 29 May 1933

      left £1645

      © Cittaslow Berwick 2016

      James Palmer Huffam was the youngest of four sons of Mr. Edward Valentine Huffam of the firm Huffam and Michie, Coachbuilders, High Street, Berwick, an ex-colour sergeant in the Black Watch and High Bailiff for Berwick County Court.
      James was a former pupil of Spittal Council School and became an apprentice with J. Cockburn, Builders and Joiners of Castlegate.
      In February 1915, he enlisted as a private in the 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. On completing his training, James volunteered to join the 1st/7th Battalion in France, where two of his brothers were already serving. His elder brother, Harry was killed in action on 21st August 1915.
      James was promoted to sergeant in May 1916 and later recommended for a commission. In January 1918, at the age of 20, James was gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant and sent to join 5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.
      2nd Lieut. Huffam’s gallantry in actions on 31st August 1918 resulted in his being awarded the Victoria Cross.
      2nd Lieut. James Huffam VC,- The Citation
      Huffam VC Berwick Journal, 26th December 1918 - article transcript
      He was promoted to lieutenant on 30th January 1919 and served for a time in India with 1/9th Gurkha Rifles and in Sierra Leone with the Royal West African Frontier Force, when he was promoted to captain..
      Huffam returned to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 1921 and retired in 1938 with the rank of major.
      Huffam saw action again during the Second World War, serving as Assistant Provost Marshal in France in 1940. He also took part in the Normandy D-Day landings n 1944.
      James Palmer Huffam VC died at Stanmore in Middlesex n 1968.

      Never perhaps in the history of Tweedmouth, stretching as it does away back into the dim past when it was a hamlet placed under the See [sic] of Durham, has such a gathering been seen as that which assembled round the memorial erected at the Bridge End to the 111 sons of Tweedside who risked their lives and counted not the cost in giving their all for humanity in the Great World War, 1914-18.

      The day was bitterly cold, with a damp grey mist hanging over the river, through which the bastioned heights of Berwick loomed ghostly. Nevertheless, a gathering numbering several thousands assembled from all parts of the Borough and preserved a reverent silence prior to the opening of the proceedings. The arrangements made by the Committee were admirable. A large platform was erected on the side of the enclosure nearest the bridge to accommodate those taking part in the unveiling ceremony – the Mayor, Sheriff, and Corporation, the Committeemen, members of the Clergy, and other friends. Relatives of the fallen were lined up inside of the enclosure, while a guard of honour provided by the 7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers paraded under the command of Capt. E. H. Crow and Lieut. J. H. Huffam was also on parade. The guard was lined up along the pavement, and their smartness when they came to the “present” was commented upon.
    Person ID I763  Hougham
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2015 

    Father Huffam, Edward Valentine
              b. 14 Feb 1861, Newington Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Jan 1936, Berwick on Tweed Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Roughead, Dorothy
              b. 22 Apr 1864, Berwick Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 May 1926  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1884  Berwick on Tweed Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Huffam, Constance Marion
              b. 11 Jan 1911, Malton Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1998  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 23 Apr 1935  Valetta Malta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Living
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    Family ID F368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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