Pte James Leslie Bellingham (1925 – 1944)

James Leslie Bellingham was born on 10 April 1925 in Headington, Oxfordshire. He was the son of William Bellingham and Florence Sarah Chesterman. In 1939 he lived with his parents at 32 Bury Road in Mildenhall and was working as a wood mill worker.

The family subsequently moved to Mill House in Wrotham Heath and James had begun training as a horticulturalist. Before joining the Army he became engaged to Audrey Hartnup of Sealcroft Cottages in Seal and served overseas with the 1/6th East Surrey Regiment as 14650912 Pte. J Bellingham. Details of James’s war are currently unknown, however we do know he fought in Italy and was wounded three months before being killed in action at Forli on 8 November 1944. He is buried in the Meldola War Cemetery.