The son of a barrister, James Belgrave of Kensington, James Dacres Belgrave enlisted in December 1914. Whilst serving with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, he was wounded in action in November 1915 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in July 1916. Posted to 45 Squadron, he scored 6 victories flying the Sopwith 1½ Strutter in 1917. He served with 61 Squadron on Home Defence before joining 60 Squadron as a flight commander in April 1918. Flying the S.E.5a, he scored 12 more victories before he and another member of his flight were shot down east of Albert on 13 June 1918.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. James Dacres Belgrave, Oxf. and Bucks. L.I. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On at least five occasions he successfully engaged and shot down hostile aeroplanes, and has consistently shown great courage and determination to get to the closest range; an invaluable example in a fighting squadron.
Lt. (T./Capt.) James Dacres Belgrave, M.C., Ox. & Bucks. L.I., attd. R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst leading offensive patrols. In four days he destroyed two enemy machines and drove down four others. The odds were heavy against him, and he did magnificent work.
(M.C. gazetted 18th July, 1917.)