Service Number 62732
Regiment Royal Air Force
Buried Claro, North Yorkshire
James Pullan Harland was born in Burby, Yorkshire in 1899, the son of Thomas Michael and Mary Helen Harland. Mary had been born in Linton, but in 1911, the family were living at 216 Harehills Avenue, Leeds where Thomas was a laundryman. At that time James was 12 and was attending school.
By 1918, James appeared on the Collingham absent voters list due to Naval or Military service. James service record shows that he enlisted on the 26th February 1917 as a second aircraft mechanic into the Royal Flying Corps. He gave his address at the time as Hollybush Farm, Collingham. Within one year, on the 1st February 1918, James had been promoted to 1st Aircraftman and on the 1st April 1918, when the RAF was formed, James transferred from the Royal Flying Corps to the RAF.
After the war James continued to serve in the RAF and was reclassified as a Leading Aircraftman on the 1st January 1919.
On the 15th March 1920, James married Edith Whitehead in Wetherby. Slightly later, on the 16th November 1920, James left the RAF.
James' brother, Thomas Edmonds Harland, also served in the Great War and survived, and his sister, Dora Mary Harland, served in the Voluntary Aid Detachment.
First World War Airmen's Service Records. The National Archives (AIR79).
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