Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Pilot Officer James Francis Codville, who died 5 November 1941, aged 20, while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force 407 Squadron in the U.K. He is buried in Oldebroek General Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of the death of Pilot Officer James Francis Codville:

Flyer Missing: Another Passes Away In Service

News came through this week to his parents, Col. F.H.M. Codville and Mrs. Codville, Quamichan Lake, that their son, Pilot Officer James Francis Codville, was reported missing after air operations on November 5. No other details have been received.

James attended Duncan High School prior to his enlistment in June 1940 with the R.C.A.F. He received his wings and rank of leading aircraftsman on March 1, 1941 as one of the first graduating class of No. 7 Service Flying Training School, Macleod, Alberta. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer before his 19th birthday, which was in June.

He came to the district in 1935 with his family and while a student at the high school took a prominent part in all sports, particularly in running, football and tennis.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 13 November 1941, from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

Here is some additional information about James Francis Codville:

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