About the Author Kim James
Kim James was born in 1928 in Wollaston, Northamptonshire. Having spent nearly 30 years living in London and traveling the world he returned to his childhood home. He now lives with his second wife not far from the house that he was born in. He has two daughters and one grandson.
Kim James has had a variety of successful careers over the years.
At the end of the 2nd World War he joined the British Army and served in the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment.
During the fifties and sixties he was a successful sculptor and his work was sold to private collections all over the world. His public work can still be seen, among which is the Mammoth sculpture in front of the Darwin Science building at Nottingham Trent University and a very large relief sculpture on the staircase in St Matthews Church in Bethnal Green in London. He was a member of the group around Henry Moore at the Middleheim Sculpture Biennale in 1969.
Kim James as an artist, had a body of work, both in private and public collections that would not be disowned by many artists who have gone on from that time to achieve world acclaim. Critics such as John Berger, Max-Wykes Joyce, Eric Newton, Charles Spencelay, all stated their great interest in his work at in the 1960’s.
In 1970 he started to ask why people of all races and cultures draw. Gradually this became an overwhelming interest and he stopped being a sculptor and re-trained as a scientist. At the end of his researches he started to use art as a means of treating mental problems and he went to work for the French National Institute for training Psychiatric Personnel.
It was whilst working in the hospital in Rouen in 1990 that he came across the graves of British soldiers, one of whom was his uncle. His research into the lives and deaths of all the soldiers led to the eventual discovery of the true circumstances of the battle in Criquebeuf – the last before the fall of France.
The story of which can be read in “A Greater Share of Honour”.