8th December 2015 James Thomas Tomms James, born in 1895, was one of five children of father James Berry and mother Mary Ann, all born in Coventry, Warwickshire. James Berry had worked for a cycle-manufacturer in Coventry where the family lived at 3 Gosford Terrace. Moving to Stamford he went to work at Kitson’s Empire Lighting company in Wharf Road, Stamford. This was a successful workshop making paraffin lamps so may have offered him a better reward than making cycle mudguards. The family had no known connection with Stamford. James Thomas went to work as a news agent (possibly delivering newspapers?) and the family lived at 1 Perkins Buildings, Water Street, a group of three tenements alongside the river. They were still there in 1916 but there is no record of James Thomas serving in WW I.