Leading Aircraftman William James Bleeks (1035372) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. Born on 28th May 1918, he was the eldest son of Robert Bleeks and Elizabeth Anna Bleeks (née Wright) of Hawthorne Cottage, Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone.
William was the husband of Mary Jane Bleeks (née McCann) of 5 Watson’s Lane, Portadown, Co. Armagh. The couple had 2 young children, William James Bleeks and Roberta May Bleeks. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, William worked at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, Co. Armagh.
Leading Aircraftman Bleeks died at 2230hrs on 20th June 1942 aged 24 years old. Cause of death was due to head injuries received in a motor accident at RAF Skeabrae, Orkney, Scotland. He had received treatment at a nearby military hospital at Kirkwall.
William James Bleeks’ grave is in Section B, Grave 78 of Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Church Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His headstone bears the inscription:
For ever with the Lord.