James Valentine (aviator)
22 August 1887|
Lambeth, London, England
7 August 1917 (aged 29)|
|Service/||Royal Flying Corps|
|Years of service||1914-1917|
|Battles/wars||First World War|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
Valentine gained his Royal Aero Club aviators certificate (No. 47) on 31 December 1910 at Brooklands Aerodrome using a Macfie Biplane. In 1911, flying a Deperdussin, he was one of only four airmen to complete the Circuit of Britain race and was the only British aviator to compete in the Circuit of Europe race. He was one of the few competitors to complete the course. In the Aerial Derby of eighty-one miles around London on 3 June 1912, Valentine was third flying a Bristol Prier monoplane.
In 1913 he married Louisa Eileen Knox in London.
Royal Flying Corps
With the outbreak of the First World War Valentine joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. On 7 August 1917 Valentine died aged 29 as result of wounds at Kieff in Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He is commemorated on the Archangel Memorial to men who died in the north Russian campaign and whose graves are not known.
Honours and awards
- 8 November 1915 - Lieutenant (temporary Captain) James Valentine, Royal Flying Corps (Special Reserve) was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the President of France for distinguished service in the field.
- 4 June 1917 - Captain (temporary Major) James Valentine was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for distinguished service in the field.
- Russian Order of St. George 4th Class.
- "James Valentine". Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- Royal Aero Club Certificate No. 47 record card.
- 1891 Census of Thanet, RG12/728, Folio 78, Page 17, James Valentine aged 3 born Lambeth, London at 10, Fall Paragon, Margate, Kent.
- Flight 23 Aug. 1917, p.872.
- General Register Office index of marriages registered in April, May, and June 1915, - Name: James Valentine & Louisa E Knox, District: Westminster, London, Volume: 1A Page: 1045.
- R.Ae.C. Silver Medals awarded in January 1912 Flight Magazine, 27 January 1912
- Flight 16 Dec 1911
- "No. 29357". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 November 1915. p. 11028.
- "No. 30111". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1917. p. 5474.