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Second Lt. Harold Jameson M.C., D.C.M., Medaille Militaire (France), served in France and Flanders from 10th August 1914, to his death on January 5th 1917.
Flew to France on 10th August 1914, age 17, as an Air Mechanic-Wireless Unit.
Awarded the Medaille Militari by the French for conspicuous bravery during operations between August 21st and August 30th 1914.
Awarded D.C.M. in June 1915, age 18, for conspicuous coolness and gallantry on several occasions in connection with wireless work under fire (London Gazelle 30th January 1915).
Commissioned in November 1915 in the Royal Flying Corps.
Awarded the Military Cross in November 1916 for conspicuous gallantry in action.
He attacked a hostile kite balloon under very heavy fire, later his machine descended to within 150 feet of the ground, when he got the engine going again and re-crossed out line at 1,300 feet and returned safely. He has on many occasions done fine work. On June 5th 1917 he was shot down while directing artillery fire from his aeroplane from over the German lines. Age 20.
A week earlier he had been promoted to Flight Commander.
He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium
Bronze Death Plaque and scroll; Medaille Militaire (France)
Photographs of Jameson as a youth and early days of his service in the Merchant navy; with his sister.. the future Poetess & Writer ‘Storm’ Jameson, who is celebrate by a ‘residence’at Leeds University, “Storm House”. (Storm left letters and pictures of Harold, with the Liddle Collection, at Leeds University Museum.)
Photograph of the Young Man in RFC Uniform with presumably his Father,(also in Uniform).
Photograph of Jamieson as a Merchant Navy officer cadet and various letters back to his Mother from various Ports of Call.
Misc. photograph of a crashed civil bi-plane;
Letters sent as a child, at sea, to home;
Copies of letters to his mother telling of his death and of condolence from his fellow officers.
Copy of The War Graves of the British Empire Lijissenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium and photograph of Jameson’s grave
BURIED: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, BELGIUM
Harold Jameson was 20 when he died and, according to his parents’ entry in the Cemetery Register, he had been serving in France since 10 August 1914 when he was only 17. During that time he had been awarded the MC, DCM and the French Medaille Militaire. He was shot down over the German lines whilst directing artillery and crash landed in flames. His observor was killed outright and Harold died the next day in a Casualty Clearing Station in Lijssenthoek.
Harold was the brother of the novelist Storm Jameson. She dedicated ‘A Richer Dust’ (1931), the third novel in her trilogy ‘The Triumph of Time’, to his memory.
Harold’s inscription comes from Shelley’s ‘Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats’, with its comforting words to those who mourn a youthful death:
He has outsoared the shadow of our night;
Envy and calumny, and hate and pain,
And that unrest which men miscall delight,
Can touch him not again;
From the contagion of the world’s slow stain
He is secure, and now can never mourn
A heart grown cold, a head grown grey in vain;
Nor, when the spirit’s self has ceased to burn,
With sparkless ashes load an unlamented urn.
His death Death & facts surrounding the Action
• Wounded Voormezele; artillery observation patrol; left 8.35 a.m.; shot down in BE2g 7190 by Albatros D; landed; fire destroyed the aircraft;
his observer, Lt William Davidson Thomson was killed in action. •
Jameson died of wounds received.
• Date of death 5 January 1917
• Died at the age of 20
This was the third victory for Vzfw Walter Göttsch of Jasta 8. in his Albatross D.lll
The vulnerability of the B.E.2c to fighter attack became plain in late 1915, with the advent of the Fokker Eindecker. This led the British press to dub it “Fokker Fodder”, while German pilots nicknamed it kaltes Fleisch (“cold meat”). British ace Albert Ball summed it up as “a bloody awful aeroplane”. Unable to cope with such a primitive fighter as the Fokker E.I, it was virtually helpless against the newer German fighters of 1916-17. The aircraft’s poor performance against the Fokker, and the failure to improve the aircraft or replace it caused great controversy in England, with Noel Pemberton Billing attacking the B.E.2c and the Royal Aircraft Factory in the House of Commons on 21 March 1916, saying that RFC pilots in France were being “rather murdered than killed”. This prompted the setting up of two enquiries; one into the management of the Royal Aircraft Factory, and another into the high command of the Royal Flying Corps, the latter headed by a judge. These reports largely cleared both Factory management and the RFC commanders responsible for ordering the B.E.2, but the supervisor of the Factory, Mervyn O’Gorman, was effectively dismissed by a “sideways promotion”, and many of the most talented of the factory’s designers and engineers followed de Havilland into private industry.[1
• Once the threat from the Fokker monoplanes was contained by the introduction of allied fighters such as the Airco D.H.2, Nieuport 11 and Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b, B.E.2c losses over the Western Front dropped to an acceptable level, with official records indicating that in the second quarter of 1916 the B.E.2 actually had the lowest loss rates of all the major types then in use. Encouraged by this, the RFC took delivery of large numbers of the BE.2e, which promised improved performance, and combined the stability of the B.E.2c with rather “lighter” controls (i.e. better manoeuvrability). By the spring of 1917, however, conditions on the Western Front had changed again, with the German fighter squadrons re-equipped with better fighters such as the Albatros D.III.