David James (politician)

David James (Politician)

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David Pelham James, MBE, DSC (25 December 1919 – 15 December 1986) was a British Conservative Party politician, author and adventurer. Eldest son of Sir Archibald James and Bridget James Miller (née Guthrie). On the 20th May 1950, he married Jaquetta Mary Theresa (née Digby) (born 28 October 1928), youngest daughter of Edward Kenelm Digby, 11th Baron Digby and sister of Pamela Churchill Harriman. They had six children, four sons and two daughters, born between 1951 and 1962. In 1979 he changed his name to David Guthrie-James to mark the connection between Clan Guthrie and his family home Torosay Castle on the Isle of Mull.

After leaving Eton in 1937, he sailed round the world "before the mast" in the 4-masted barque Viking, based out of the Swedish port of Mariehamn.<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->In 1938 he went up to Balliol College, Oxford, to read Geography, but left after 4 terms to join the RNVR, serving as a Lieutenant in command of Motor Gun Boats operating out of Felixstowe. In the early hours of Sunday the 28th of February 1943, his then vessel MGB 79, was sunk in action off the Hook of Holland. Lt. James and 3 of his crew were rescued from the water by a German trawler and were taken prisoner. He was sent to Marlag, the naval PoW Camp near Westertimke, from which he escaped twice, the second time successfully. A self-penned account of his 11 months in (and out of) the camp was published in...
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