James “Jimmy” Sherry was born into an Irish farming family in 1924. After his birth, his mother was very unwell, and he was sent to live with his uncle and aunt and their family. He lived there for the next seven years, thinking that they were his mum, dad, and brothers and sisters. He returned to his own family home at that time, only for his father to die less than two years later. At that time, his mother was left to raise James and his ten brothers and sisters. He lived and worked around Monaghan and Tyrone in Ireland for a further twenty years before he left his homeland and went to work in England. He worked in Birmingham, Coventry, and then in Kent in the southeast of England, where he settled, got married, and had a family. He lives in Kent to this day with his current long-time partner. He has two sons and one grandson.