In February 1918, when living in Broadstone, Dorset, he enlisted in London as a Cadet in the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps (Service No. 12608). Shortly after joining the Corps at their Field Training School at Kitcheners Field, Berkhamsted, he caught measles, followed by broncho-pneumonia, which proved fatal. He died at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire on 26th March 1918 and was buried at Poole (Broadstone) Cemetery (grave id. B.55). He is remembered on the Sutton Waldron section of the War Memorial at Iwerne Minster and on the Shaftesbury Grammar School memorial in the Shaftesbury School hall. Their is also a Memorial to all Inns of Court Corps members who died at the top of New Road, Berkhamsted. There are no individual names on this memorial.
He was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Jim's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1918