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Photo courtesy Wendy Holtam
James was born in 1899 at Whatstandwell where his parents, Herbert and Elizabeth, were publicans at the Derwent Hotel. He joined the RAF in May 1918 as a cadet, passed as a pilot and was based at an armament school at Ealing. He left the service in January 1919 as a second lieutenant.
Married to Laura Grafton in 1924, he ran the Derwent Hotel until 1931; then the Lion Hotel, Belper, before running hotels at Staines and Finchley.
He was a supporter of the Whatstandwell Football Club.
His sister Florence May Mountney married William Alfred Barton, who is also on the Roll of Honour.
The Mountney family were well-known in the parish as publicans of the Derwent Hotel beside Whatstandwell Bridge.
RAF Service Record
1/5/18 Cadet Distribution Depot
2/5/18 Fit as a pilot
5/5/18 to 20 CW communications wing
13/7/18 to 6 School of Administration
29/9/18 Arm Sch
20/11/18 Arm Sch Ealing
1901: Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell
|Herbert||Mountney||Head||35||Farmer & publican||Cromford|
|Elizabeth A||Mountney||wife||29||Sutton in Ashfield|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 54 page 28
1911: Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell
|Herbert||Mountney||Head||45||Inn keeper & farmer||Cromford|
|Elizabeth A||Mountney||wife||40||Sutton in Ashfield|
RG14PN20985 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED14 SN1
1939 Register: High Street, Staines
James O Mountney b. 17 May 1899; hotel manager
Laura Mountney b.2 May 1898; hotel manageress