Poignant gift of treasured items
AS WE report today on the facing page, Bob James has handed over to Oban War and Peace Museum significant mementoes from his family’s recent history.
The story behind Mr James’s gift to the museum is a fascinating one and will, I am sure, be featured prominently in the excellent museum on the Esplanade.
I have to admit that I was unaware of the history of the Sunderland seaplane that crashed off Kerrera until I read the story of how Mr James’s father, Flight Sergeant Robert James, died on the night towards the end of May in 1942.
Now Mr James, who lives in Lincolnshire and never met his father, says the donation of photographs and letters means his regular pilgrimages to the scene of the tragedy are probably at an end.
We should all be grateful for his generous gift and hope he will return regardless.