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“Oldest first-time author in history” dies at 95

Posted on Thursday 14th September 2017 at 9:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Jim Humphries.

Jim Humphries, who lived in Bradley Stoke and who wrote his published life story ‘Lucky Jim’ at the age of 95 – and by so doing became the oldest first time author in the world – has sadly passed away at the age of 96.

He was one of the last survivors of Britain’s greatest generation, men who volunteered to serve their country at the beginning of World War 2. He had a miraculous escape from being captured as a Prisoner of War when he managed to get on the last boat out of France to England in 1940. He called his book “Lucky Jim” because he felt he had the greatest good luck out of anyone he had ever met.

Born in 1921, he grew up in a poor working class family in Stoke on Trent. His big break came when at the age of 18 he joined the RAF and was posted soon afterwards to Bristol to help protect the city in the Bristol Blitz.

Coming from the Potteries – one of the most polluted areas in Britain – he immediately fell in love with the beauty of Bristol with its abundance of parks, flowers and trees. But most of all he fell in love with a beautiful seventeen year old girl he met at a dance in Filton called Marjorie Tucker.

He knew he’d met the love of his life. But there was a problem. Marjorie was engaged to another young man from Filton- Jimmy Mack who was serving as a navigator in the Fleet Air Arm. He didn’t want Jimmy Mack to get a Dear John letter when he was flying for his country, so – even though he was very much in love – he asked to be posted somewhere else.

He ended up in India and tried to forget about Marjorie. But he missed her so badly that after years apart, at the end of the war whilst still in India he plucked up the courage to write to her to see how she was. He imagined she would now be married to Jimmy Mack. He got a letter back saying that sadly he had been killed in action shortly before she was due to marry him, just a few weeks before the end of the war. Marjorie included a photo of herself and in that moment Jim knew that he would marry her and they fell in love all over again. He married Marjorie in St Peter’s Church, Filton on 6th September 1947.

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