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James Patrick Walsh

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James Patrick Walsh (1873 - 1945) Major in Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Army Career[1]

James joined the British Army around 1895 serving as an accountant in the Army Service Corps which was the forerunner of the RAOC and latterly the Royal Logistics Corps. He first saw action in the Ashanti Expedition in 1895/6, part of the Anglo-Ashanti wars. He then served in the South African Wars from 1899 to 1902 acting as an accountant at the supply depot in Pietermaritzburg. He took part in military operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901. He was Mentioned in Dispatches in the London Gazette on 29th July 1902. He was honoured with the Queens medal and clasp, as well as the Kings medal and 2 clasps. Subsequently he was given the honorary rank of Captain, then later promoted to Major.


James married around 1910 to his wife Mary Margaret, and their daughter Margaret Mary Walsh was born in 1912. Daughter Margaret served in the WAAF as a leading aircraftswoman during World War 2 and trained as a medical orderly. She flew several missions to France and neighbouring countries on Dakotas that were used to evacuate injured servicemen. Sadly during one of these missions on 28th April 1945 her plane crashed in the channel and all crew were lost.[2] These medical orderlies were nicknamed Flying Nightingales.[3]

James Walsh died just prior to his daughter on 14th March 1945 at their home in St Leonards Gardens, Hove, Sussex. His wife Mary also died at the family home on 18th November 1955.


  1. [1], Harts Army List for 1912 available online from the National Library of Scotland - page 1217.
  2. [2],Citation from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  3. [3], BBC newsclip by Jennifer Harby about the Flying Nightingales.

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