James George Quinton

James George Quinton ©

James George Quinton ©

Date of birth: 1st October 1899
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: Royal Air Force
Squadron: 55th
Died: 30th August 1918 aged 18 years
Death location: Frfance





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Life before the War
James was the youngest of seven children born to parents James Alfred R, born 1859 Redlynch, Wiltshire, and Elizabeth (Annie) Ann, nee Seward, born 1861 Taunton, Somerset.

James’s siblings – 5 sisters and  brother – were:

Clara Ann b.1881

Annie Elizabeth b.1886

Edith Harriett b.1887

Alice Violet b.1890

Grace Winifred b.1893

Frederick Marks b.1895

In 1901 the family lived at 30 Andersons Road in Southampton.  James senior was working as a Coal Overseer whilst Annie was a Draper’s Assistant.

They were still at the same address in 1911.  James senior was working for the Union Castle Company as a Coal Foreman, Alice was employed as a Draper’s Assistant, Grace was a Music Teacher and Frederick was an Iron Founder.


War Service
James served with the Royal Air Force, 55th Squadron. His rank was Second Lieutenant.


London Gazette – 8th April 1918
The paper announced that James was promoted from Cadet to Temporary 2nd Lieutenants from 14th March 1918.

Charmes Military Cemetery

Charmes Military Cemetery

On the 30th August 1918, age 18, James died from his wounds.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney, France. Their Memorial Register reads:

“Quinton, 2nd Lt. J. G. 55th Sqdn. Royal Air Force. 30th Aug., 1918. Age 18. Son of Mr J. A. R. and Mrs E. A. Quinton, of 30, Anderson’s Rd., Southampton. Grave/Plot Reference I. B. 8”

On his headstone, his father had the following words inscribed around a central Cross which is part of the headstone’s basic design:

Because I Live

Ye Shall Live Also


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1911 – 1914

Education and Employment: James was born in 1899 in Southampton and lived with his parents on Anderson’s Road in St. Mary’s. He was a pupil at Taunton’s until just before the outbreak of war.

Life during the war: James served with the 55th Squadron of the Royal Air Force and was gazetted to 2nd Lieutenant in March 1918. He attended the Methodist Church with his parents; had taught there, and was a member of the choir. James had been to a service at Sea Front Church in Southampton at the beginning of August 1918. A few weeks later, after taking part in twenty four bombing expeditions, his aeroplane was brought down, and he died of his wounds.

James died 30th August 1918 aged 18 years.


James George Quinton

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919



On the first Sunday in August, 1918, Second-Lieut. J.G. Quinton, R.A.F., sat with his parents at the Lord’s Supper in Sea Front Church, Southampton; before the month was out, after taking part in twenty-four bombing expeditions, he met his end. Yet not his end. His life was diverted, and his early promise is being fulfilled elsewhere. He will be greatly missed at Sea Front. He was brought up there as a child by his honoured parents. His father heads the local preachers’ list on the plan and is the Circuit Steward. His mother is a valued member of the Church. “Jim” was first a scholar, then a teacher, an Active C.E., and a helpful member of the choir. At eighteen years of age the War called him. He joined the R.A.F in November, 1917, and was gazetted as Second-Lieutenant in March 1918. A distinguished audience gathered at his memorial service, for the double purpose of doing honour to his memory and manifesting their sympathy with his parents and relatives.

  1. Sawyer

James served in the R.A.F. 55th Squadron. He died on 30 August 1918. He is buried at Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney.

Primitive Methodist Church c.1900

Primitive Methodist Church c.1900

Note: The Southampton chapel would have been South Front, not Sea Front: it was the main Primative Methodist chapel in the centre of town, and at the time was in Southampton (2) circuit. South Front runs between Palmerston Road and Kingsway along the north side of Hoglands Park. Camp meetings would be held in the Park.



Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 6th September 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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