Lt James William Akerman

His ADRIC entry says DCM, but I cannot get that anywhere. RIC has him as James W Akerman, born Essex. One register says Capt in RFA and DVR for awards and other says Lt (no regt) and DCM. Having been up and down references he has to be this man, he has correct full date of birth.. The 1911 census below has him at 216 Queens Rd, as does his Essex Regt attestation


1896 Dec 25.. Born Essex (RIC gives born Essex 25 Dec 1895) WO 374/658 equates to this as it is for a man born Christmas Day 1896

1901 census at 5, Brandon Road, Walthamstow

1911 census at 216 Queens Road Walthamstow

1914 Dec 7. Enlists in Essex Yeomanry

1915. Oct 30 Reported as a deserter

1916 Sep 16. Transfers to Essex Regt

1916 Dec 29. Posted to France

1917 Jan 10. Posted to the Front

1917 Apr 9 Posted missing, but found in casualty station with mild sprain to knee and ankle

1917 Jun 10 Posted to Essex Yeomanry

1917 Sep 24. Transfers to Royal Warwick Regt

1917 Nov 20 Sent on Officer Cadet Course

1918 Jul 31. Yeomanry. Cadet James William Akerman to be 2nd Lt.

1919 Apr 15 Disembodied

1920 Jan 1. Yeomanry. Essex. 2nd Lt. J. W. Akerman to be Lt. Reconstruction of Essex Yeomanry postwar means that it is quite possible he was RFA-it was his third choice of unit-so if first (EY) had gone-and second (MGC) then quite possible he is notionally RFA.

1920 Jul 30 Joins ADRIC with service no 55. He must have been with A Coy, given he says he was in Kilkenny in Ireland when he reaches Ellis Island

1921 Feb 11. Permitted to resign on completing 6 months service.

1922 May 4. Leaves UK on SS Olympic for New York. Travels 2nd Class. Harold Charles Parsons is travelling with Robert Phillip Smith, James William Akerman and Mortimer Osmond Griffiths and they are going to Anderson's Ranch Durango, Mexico

1922 May 10 Ellis Island arrives show a James William Akerman arriving in New York. Last addtess was Kilkenny, Ireland and he was aged 30, and en route to Mexico

1924 Oct/Dec Marries Mildred Wall at West Ham

1937 Apr 12 Wife Mildred petitions for divorce

1938 Jul/Sep married • Rochford, Essex, England Lilian Violet GOLBOURN (1903–1991) - the divorce in 1937

1939 Register. He is a Motor Driver living with wife Lilian V in Thurrock, Essex

1968 Probably died Southend on Sea