James Huffam

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James Palmer Huffam
File:James Palmer Huffam VC.jpg
Born 31 March 1897
Dunblane, Scotland
Died 16 February 1968
Burnt Oak, Middlesex
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major
Unit The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Major James Palmer Huffam VC (31 March 1897 – 16 February 1968) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 21 years old, and a second lieutenant in the 5th Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment,[1] British Army, attd, 2nd Battalion during the First World War. On 31 August 1918 at St. Servin's Farm, France, he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Second Lieutenant Huffam with three men rushed an enemy machine-gun post and put it out of action. His position was then heavily attacked and he withdrew, carrying back a wounded comrade. Again in the night, accompanied by two men only he rushed an enemy machine-gun, capturing eight prisoners and enabling the advance to continue.[2]

After World War I he remained in the army and was for a time seconded to the Royal Air Force as a Flying Officer.[3] He served in the Second World War and achieved the rank of major.[4]

His medal is privately owned and not publicly displayed.


  1. "The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment". Retrieved 17 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31082. p. 15118. 26 December 1918. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. RAF VC holders Archived 7 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "The Hougham/Huffam Family tree". Retrieved 17 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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