January 2020

 James Palmer Huffam VC

James Palmer Huffam is not named on the Roll Of Honour in the Masonic Hall  as he joined St. David's 393 in February 1920. He was born in Dunblane and moved to Berwick upon Tweed at a young age. He was the youngest of four brothers and a pupil at Spittal First School. (Photo from A History of Spittal School.).

James Huffam served in the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross on 31st August 1918 during the second Battle of Arras when he and three others rushed an enemy machine gun post and put it out of action. They came under attack and he returned carrying an injured colleague. Later that night along with two others he rushed an enemy machine gun and took eight prisoners.

 

 

He was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1919 and retired from the regiment in 1938 having achieved the role of Major. He also served in WW2 taking part in the Normandy Landings.

He died on 16th February 1968 aged 71.