Poignant gift of trea­sured items

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

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.

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