My husband’s grandfather died earlier this year. James Llewellyn ‘Jim’ Bodenham was born in 1915. He joined the Army in 1941 and trained as a mechanical engineer. From 1941 to 1945 Jim served in Belgium, Holland and Germany. His most memorable war experience was his involvement in the removal of two starving elephants from Munster Zoo to Antwerp Zoo using a converted tank transporter. Many years later his wife contacted Antwerp zoo to find out what happened to the two elephants. Monty & Ike (pictured below) survived the war. Monty died in 1957 aged 36 and Ike was nearly 60 years old when he died in 1981.
After the war, Jim served in Egypt and Palestine and was eventually demobbed becoming a greengrocer in Ramsgate, Kent. After 6 years he moved back to Gloucester, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Jim died in Maisemore in June this year. We remember him on this Remembrance Sunday – as we remember all those brave men & women who did not return.
“……At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”