Lt James Henderson Deas RAF


Not easy to be sure with this man. Alphabetic Reg shows "J H" and numeric only "J"

1889 May 24. Born Belfast. He took 3 years off his age in enlisting.

1901 census at


1911 census at 143 My Lady's Road, Ormeau, Down

1914 Apr 16. Arrives Boston, Mas from Londonderry (correct address as in 1911 census on shipping record)

1914 An Artist at Coulson and Son, 5th Av, New York (from service record)

Enlisted in Canadian Exp Force


1918 Jul 12. Commissioned 2nd Lt in RAF

1918 Married at Elham, Kent, to Minnie Elizabeth Bascombe

1920 Mar 15 demobilised

1920 Oct 28. Joined ADRIC with service no 895, posted A Coy

1921 Feb 16 Posted M Coy

1921 May 13 to 14 Jun on Leave

1921 Jun 27 Posted to A Coy as Intelligence Officer (promoted to 3rd DI)

1921 Aug 31.Posted to J Coy

1921 Sep 18 to Oct 6 In Cork Military Hospital

1921 Dec 16 to 30 Dec on Leave

1922 Jan 23. Discharged on dissolution of ADRIC

1927 Jan 26 Enters USA seeking permanent work. He is a Pictorial Artist with a wife Elizabeth

1930 Jul Died from his service record. Prob in USA, but could be in Northern Ireland. His wife appears to have re-married and continued living in Bath

1940 May 27 His son, also James Henderson Deas, died as an RAF pilot in France - Son of James Henderson Deas, and of Minnie Elizabeth Deas, of Bath, Somerset.

P/O James Henderson DEAS was the pilot of a Lysander from No. 26 Squadron, which crashed near the dyke of Calais on 27 May 1940, during a supply drop mission on that town. He had taken off from Hawkinge at 9:35 hrs. Air gunner was LAC John Alexander BOLTON. Two other Lysanders were lost during that mission, one being L6883 (HOWARTH-McLOUGHLIN), the other being flown by DIXON and NIMMO. The first 4 are buried in Calais Soutern cemetery, the last two are buried in Sangatte.