Jim Foord-Kelcey was born in Canada in 1914. His father William was killed just four years after, at the Somme during the last days of the Great War.

Jim moved to England in 1923 with his brother Alick and mother Irene Payne. He served in the Royal Engineers in India and Burma during WW2. He married my mother Philippa Wheatcroft in 1946. After short periods in Egypt and London, they spent most of their life together in Little Gaddesden in Hertfordshire.

Jim's lasting gift to his family was the house that he built beside the Atlantic in Connemara, Ireland. The photograph here shows him at the summit of Mweelrea, the mountain rising above his cottage, looking out over the ocean and islands that he loved.

Jim died in 1990, from myeloma.

Nick Foord-Kelcey