Rank: Petty Officer C947
Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Columbine, HMS Ramillies, HMS Orbita
James Bond was born in Beer on 23 September 1875, the son of Joseph Bond, a fisherman, and his wife Harriet.
He joined the Royal Naval Reserve on 29 January 1899, and his RNR record describes him as 5ft 5½ ins tall, with brown eyes and a dark complexion. At the time he was employed fishing out of Beer, and lived at 1 Dolphin Road.
James was called up on 3 August 1914, and after a period of illness he joined HMS Columbine, the submarine depot at Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth, and remained there until November 1915.
He also served on the brand new HMS Ramillies, a Revenge-class battleship with a crew of 936, and ended the war aboard HMS Orbita, an armed merchant cruiser on the North America and West Indies station.
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