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James Valentine

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James Valentine (1887-1917), Early aviator

1887 August 22nd. Born in London

1912 June. James Valentine left Dover last evening in a Bristol monoplane for Dieppe, by way of Calais. News of his arrival at the latter place has not been received up to an early hour this morning at Dover. A friend, who had been watching the flight, says he saw the machine dip suddenly and it was lost to sight.

James Valentine has been a prominent figure in many racing contests in England during the last year. He is a pilot of the Aero Club of the United Kingdom, having received a license January 17, 1911.

He was then using a Macfie biplane, but learned the use of the monoplane in time to fly a Deperdussian in the European circuit, in which he represented England with credit, last July. He was described in that contest as a cool and courageous. He entered also for the English circuit race last summer in the Deperdussin.

In the aerial Derby of eighty-one miles around London on June 3 last, Valentine was third in a fifty-horse-power Bristol monoplane.

At the Whitalm meeting, Hendon, May 14, Valentine won a handicap cross-country event and a speed handicap."

James Valentine (known as Jimmy) married Louisa Eileen Knox in 1913, and she served as a nurse in Paris during WW1. There were no children.

1917 Died of wounds at Kieff.

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Sources of Information

  • New York Herald of June 1912.