John Murray Graham

1895 May 6. born in Cambuslang, Scotland the son of Alexander and Jessie Graham.

1901 census in Cadzow Drive, Cambuslang. His father was a warehouseman

Alex Graham 33
Jessie Graham 30
Jeanie H Graham 6
John M Graham 5
Hugh C Graham 4
Jessie M Graham 3
Robert C Graham 1
Mary Murray 55
Hugh Graham 40

1914 Nov 5. Landed with 5th Battalion, Scottish Rifles in France

1917 Apr 26. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th battalion Scottish Rifles. 

1918 Jan 28. Seconded for service with the King's African Rifles and served in Africa until he returned to the UK at the end of the war. 

1920 Oct 20 Joined ADRIC with service no 793. Posted to G Coy. Medal Index Card gives his address as:  Aux. Div. R.I.C. Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland

1921 Jul 16 to 30 Jul on Leave

1921 Dec 12. Gazetted out of 8th Cameronians, Lt J M Graham

1922 Jan 19 discharged from the Auxiliaries on completion of his contract.

He then became a mining-engineer working in the Sudan. 

1940 Jan 30. Arrives in UK from Sudan. A Mining engineer with a Manchester address.

1940 Feb 26. After the Soviet invasion of Finland in November 1939, the British Government issued a warrant to allow the Finnish Aid Bureau to enlist British civilians for the Finnish Army. Graham returned to England and enlisted in the British Volunteer Company of the Finnish Army, as Volunteer No. 375. Taking the oath to the Finnish Government he was issued a British uniform, with British Volunteer Company badges and buttons. On his enlistment form, under military experience, he put ‘infantry officer. France 1914-16. East Africa 1916-19. Ireland 1920-22.’ He also listed that he spoke French and ‘African.’ He was appointed korpraali (corporal) in the Company. He received his Winter War Medal with Kotijoukot clasp (Home Service) on 1 February 1941. He remained with the Company when it moved to Sweden 30 June 1941 and finally flew back to the UK on the diplomatic flight on 26 April 1942. 

1942 Sep 8 London Gazette, Lieutenant J.M. Graham (late Cameronians), relinquished his commission on enlistment into the Royal Air Force as a Leading Aircraftsman,

1944 Aug 6. Commissioned Pilot Officer (emergency commission)

1945 Feb 6. Promoted to Flying Officer (Admin. and Special Duties Branch) He has the Burma Star awarded for late-war service in Hong Kong, China, Malaya and Sumatra And he does not have the Defence Medal means he must have arrived after March 1945.

1954 Feb 10. he relinquished his RAFVR commission with the rank of Flight Lieutenant