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Offline bromptonboy

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2017, 11:19:41 »
2018 will be the 100th anniversary of the award of the VC and also the death of James McCudden. As part of the national WW1 commemorations Medway Council intend to erect a memorial stone somewhere close to his birthplace. It is also hoped that there will be some form of temporary exhibition to him and possibly also his brothers. We are keen to make contact with any surviving members of the McCudden family to involve them in the event. Could anyone with relevant information please email me at wjfowler1@gmail.com 

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2016, 22:20:15 »
Two photos from the IWM of Captain James McCudden VC and two of the SE.5a's that he flew.

IWM (H(AM) 1173). Captain J B T "Jimmy" McCudden, serving with No. 56 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, standing by his Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a, B4891 'G' probably at Baizieux, France. The four-bladed propeller has been fitted with the spinner from an LVG C V two-seater that McCudden shot down on 30 November 1917. Between 5 December 1917 and 26 February 1918 McCudden claimed 31 victories flying B4891.

IWM (H(AM) 1111). Captain J B T McCudden sitting in the cockpit of Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a, B4863 'G', while serving as a flight commander with No. 56 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, at Estree-Blanche, France. Note the four-bladed propeller which McCudden fitted to this aircraft, and in which he scored nine victories over the Western Front between 19 September and 21 October 1917.


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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2014, 10:19:11 »
The RAF commemorated McCudden on VC10 XV104
 
 THE VCs ON RAF VC10s
 
Victoria_Cross_Medal_without_Bar
Anyone who ever boarded a 10 Squadron VC10 by the forward door could not have failed to notice that the aircraft was named after a holder of the most valued and honoured award for gallantry that our country can bestow; the Victoria Cross.  Inside each aircraft was a small, framed, narrative, displaying the details of the aviators, after whom the aircraft had been named.
  Only the Medal Holders named on VC10 aircraft are listed.

RAF VC10 AIRCRAFT NAMES & REGISTRATIONS
 
George Thompson VC                                     XR 806
Donald Garland VC & Thomas Gray VC             XR 807
Kenneth Campbell VC                                     XR 808
Hugh Malcolm VC                                           XR 809    ***  See note below
David Lord VC                                                XR 810
Lanoe Hawker VC                                           XV 101
Guy Gibson VC                                               XV 102
Edward Mannock VC                                       XV 103
James McCudden VC                                      XV 104
Albert Ball VC                                                XV 105
Thomas Mottershead VC                                 XV 106
James Nicolson VC                                         XV 107
William Rhodes-Moorhouse VC                        XV 108
Arthur Scarf VC                                             XV 109
 
**** Note:   In 1970 XR 809 became the flying test-bed for the RB211 (Concorde) engine under the civilian registration  G- AXLR. It was scrapped at RAF Kemble in 1976.
 


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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2014, 08:51:46 »
See reply 18 on 26.10.2013 by grandarog.
The plaque on McCudden Row is in Brompton, close to Dock Rd.

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #30 on: January 22, 2014, 20:13:29 »
Speaking from a personal viewpoint, Jimmy McCuddon was a Brompton boy through and through and a true 'Barrack Rat' of Brompton Barracks so let him be honoured in his birthplace and in the area that his mother chose to honour him. It would appear that he was only a transient resident of Kingston in any case and I do disagree with the habit of putting 'so and so' lived here plaques on houses when 'so and so' only lived there for a short period.

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2014, 15:56:00 »
Hello all,
I recently sent an email to the council of Kingston on Thames suggesting that they may consider placing a memorial plaque to James McCudden on 37 Burton Rd. This was the somewhat measly mouthed, shameful reply I received.
Dear Alex
The council no longer has the resources for memorial plaques, however you may want to contact the house owners to see if they would be willing.
Regards
Karen Porter
Customer Contact Centre
Royal Borough of Kingston
www.kingston.gov.uk
I have already replied.
Dear Karen.
I find it shameful that in the coming celebrations of WW1, when boroughs all over the UK are honouring those men and women of the borough who played a prominent part in the Great War, that Kingston-on-Thames should not consider honouring James McCudden, possibly the only holder of the Victoria Cross, and one of the greatest airmen of that war, connected with borough. I would suggest that you put it to the Borough Council.
Yours
Alex Revell
 Do the forum members feel we should do something about this. Perhaps some more suggestions might cause them to think again, apart from the standardised reply.
 


 

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2014, 12:05:00 »
Groundarog and Kyn.
I have had a recent PC failure and have lost both your names. So that I can credit your photographs, would you please re-send them.
Many thanks
Alex

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2013, 23:19:38 »
alex revel, :)
You will also find the 3 McCuddons commemorated on the Sheerness War Memorial.
http://www.kentfallen.com/PDF%20REPORTS/SHEERNESS.pdf

alex revell

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2013, 09:57:59 »
Herb Collector.
Thanks  for the link to Neil Clark's website.
Grandarog.
Please send me your full name so that I can credit your photograph.
Many thanks
Alex

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2013, 21:04:27 »
Looking forward to the book.
You should be able to get in touch with Neil Clark via his website @ http://www.kentfallen.com/Contact Us.html

alex revell

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2013, 13:31:34 »
Thanks Alan for all the links which have proved invaluable.
Kyn. May I have your permission please to use your photograph of the memorial in Sittingbourne. Grandarog. Your permision please to use your photo of McCudden Row.
Finally can anyone put me in touch with Neil Clark, who posted photos of the family plot in Maidstone Rd cemetery.
Many thanks
Alex

alex revell

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2013, 09:48:12 »
Alkhamhills,
Thanks for that, but it's the memorial tablet to the brothers and son in law in Chatham cemetery that I'm interested in. But yes, you had the right McCudden.
Alex

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2013, 22:22:23 »
Here's his medal roll card

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2013, 20:18:20 »
hope the attached helps, assuming this is the right McCudden

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Re: Major James McCudden
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2013, 15:01:18 »
Hello all,
I am writing a biography of an airman in WW1, James McCudden VC. In June 1920 his mother, Amelia had erected a memorial stone in Chatham cemetery to the memory of her three sons killed in the 1914-18 war, and her son-in-law, Mr Arthur Spears. I believe it was in row B Grave 10, although I am not sure of this. Does anyone have a photo of this memorial stone. If so, a copy would be much appreciated.
Many thanks
Alex Revell

 

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