13 August 1875 - 12 November 1956
King's Orderly Dies at Chemainus
Funeral services for
George C. James, King’s Orderly at Buckingham Palace for several
years prior to 1913, will be held at the Chemainus Anglican Church
Thursday at 2 p.m.
A former Victoria resident,
Mr. James died in Chemainus Hospital Monday at the age of 81.
Born in Tregare, Wales
he enlisted in the Grenadier Guards as a Young man and later became
King’s orderly at Buckingham Palace, performing guardsmen’s duty
out of the palace at Wellington, Chelsea, Windsor Barracks and the
Tower of London.
As drill sergeant, he
was instructor to the men who later directed the land forces of
Britain in the First World War. The trainees included Viscount Gort
and Prince Alexander of Battenburg, Who became Lord Mountbatten
during the war.
Mr. James was among
12 Grenadiers chosen as pallbearers for the late King Edward and
was a member of the guard of honor for the coronation of King George
V. In 1898 he served with his guard battalion at Gibraltar and South
Africa through the Boer War.
He left Wellington Barracks
for Canada in 1913 and was a member of the Canadian Bank of Commerce
in Winnipeg for 33 years. His banking career was interrupted in
1915 when he enlisted with the 78th Battalion, later transferring
to the Winnipeg Grenadiers.
Through the First World
War, Mr. James served in England as captain and adjutant of the
regiment. He was commanding officer in charge of training at Aldershot.
Back to Banking
Mr. James returned to Winnipeg after the war, continuing with the
bank until 1946 when he moved to Victoria. In 1955, Mr. James moved
to Chemainus, where he was a member of the Canadian Legion No. 191.
He leaves his wife,
Maud, Chemainus; sons George, Claud and Murray in Winnipeg; another
son, David, and his daughter Mary Anne, Chemainus; five grandchildren,
and three brothers in England.
Rev. A. G. Howe will
officiate at the funeral services. Interment will follow at Cedar
was transcribed by Gerald Majumdar from a newspaper cutting provided
by Graham James.
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