Peter James was born in 1938. He joined the RAF as a clerk, responsible for maintaining pay ledgers and preparing accounts for audit and in 1956 he was posted to Egypt during the Suez crisis.
One day an aircraft crashed nearby in the desert and the wreckage needed to be guarded before it could be recovered. All trained personnel were occupied and this left only the accounting clerks to do the task. They were each handed a rifle despite there was no ammunition available.
They were stood by the plane with empty rifles as a group of local tribesmen galloped towards them on camels, and as the few RAF clerks were panicking about what to do the locals just galloped on by leaving them in a cloud of sand... and no doubt relief too!
Peter’s daughter, Lyndsey says “Dad was a quiet character with a wickedly dry sense of humour and extremely high morals. He taught us the importance of respecting others regardless of their background, job, or faith and encouraged us to work hard and follow our own path in life.”
The 'Peter James' Bag
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