Jim was born in 1969 and has lived in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, all his life.

His interest in the Great War is long-standing, attributed to the stories told him about his family's participation in the conflict.

He joined the WFA in 1989, the year after he became a Civil Servant, and began researching the lives of those from Hucknall during the First World War around that time, giving his first talk on the subject to the East Midlands' branch in 1992. Since then, he has managed to avoid writing his book, "Small Town, Great War", which will one day serve as a tribute to the more than 1,700 men who served, over 400 of whom lost their lives.

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