Graham, James Patrick Arthur Gore


“Jimmy” Graham was the elder son of William Perceval Gore Graham, of Avening, Gloucestershire, and Isabel Margaret Leverton Graham, sister of the Right Honourable Frederick Leverton Harris PC (A 1878). He came to Winchester from Ludgrove, and in his last year he won Steeplechase and the Mile, and also got into Lords in 1920.

He went to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and passed out into the Rifle Brigade, joining 4th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, serving as Adjutant from 1929 to 1933.  He soon made his mark as a first class athlete, winning the Army Mile and Half Mile in one afternoon, and going on to coach the regimental athletics team, which under his charge, won the Army Championship three times and the Command Championship ten times.  In 1925 he ran for England against France in the 1500 metres.  He could run a mile in 4.21 minutes and was easily the best runner Winchester had then produced.   His great love was horses and race riding.  He was well known as one of the best point to point jockeys of the day and rode all over England. Perhaps his greatest performance was his win in the big Hunter Steeplechase at Sandown on “Lare”, owned, trained and ridden by himself.

He was also a first class cricketer, and when a Company Commander at Sandhurst was in charge of cricket there, and trained a very strong team. To show his versatility, he had also won prizes at Bisley for rifle and revolver shooting.

He was promoted to Captain in 1935 and to Major in 1938.  His battalion went to France as part of the BEF on the outbreak of war, and he joined it on May 3rd.

Graham lost his life in the retreat from Dunkirk on May 30th, at the age of thirty-eight. Men in the regiment testified to his gallantry and thought for others, and coolness in the hour of danger.   He was mentioned in despatches after his death. He is commemorated on column 91 of the Dunkirk Memorial.

An athletics cup was established in his memory at Winchester.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Graham
  • Forenames or initials: James Patrick Arthur Gore
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1915-1920
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Oxford & Bucks Light infantry
  • Date of Birth: 6th January 1902
  • Date of Death: 30th May 1940
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Column 91 of the Dunkirk Memorial