James is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 7th May 1925, Ipswich.

Died: 3rd February 1945; age 19

Residence: Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.


Rank: Sergeant/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1867038.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 186 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Reichswald Forest War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herman Charles & Lucy May Sparke, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.


Father: Herman Charles Sparke, born May 1898, Copdock, Suffolk. A Fireman – Locomotive – London and North Eastern Railway.

Mother: Lucy May Sparke (nee Chapman), born May 1895.


Fellow Crew:

Eric Geoffrey Hunt; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; R.A.F.V.R.

(Jackie) John Ross; Flying Officer/Air Bomber; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Harrison Stainthorpe; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

George Edward Lowndes; Sergeant/ Flight Engineer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Walter Jack Jenkins; Flying Officer/ Navigator; age 31; R.A.F.V.R.

William Cecil Webley; Flight Sergeant/Radio Operator/Air Gunner; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

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