He was the son of James Luntley, of Southampton, and Mrs. Lilian T. Luntley (later Mrs. Crump, of Mickleover, Derbyshire). His parents were married in Nottingham in 1921 and James was born two years later in Camberwell, London. His father died in 1932 aged 37 in Southampton, and his mother later remarried. After leaving Quirister School James went on to Taunton’s School, Southampton, where he quickly joined the school football team as goalkeeper. With his fine singing voice he was also involved in the school’s operatic productions, such as “The Dogs of Devon” where he took the part of the lady in waiting to the Queen.
After leaving Taunton’s he joined a firm of surgical technicians in Bournemouth but his ambition was to join the RAF and in 1941 he volunteered for that service, but was not called up until September 1942. In July 1943 he went to Canada as a Leading Aircraftsman to complete his training. His one ambition was to become a pilot, and he was very thrilled when he heard of his posting to Canada, but, ten days after his arrival there, the aircraft in which he was training crashed on a routine flight and he was killed, aged nineteen. He was buried with full military honours in Grave 10, Chapel Plot, Mount Hope Cemetery, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, following a service in the Anglican Church.
- Surname: Luntley
- Forenames or initials: James
- House: Quirister
- Years in School: 1934-1937
- Rank: Leading Aircraftsman
- Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
- Date of Birth: 30th August 1923
- Date of Death: 13th July 1943
- How Died: Killed in an Accident
- Location in War Cloister: Inner C1
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Mount Hope Cemetery, Assinboia, Saskatchewan, Canada: Chapel Plot: Grave 10