James (Jimmy) Bellamy was born abt 1888 in Dry Doddington. His parents were James (a bootmaker, born Dry Doddington) and Sarah (nee Flear, from Hough on the Hill). His paternal grandmother was Frances Dring from Marston. Jimmy had an elder brother, William, and elder sisters Elizabeth, Lucy and Frances. Frances became a teacher. James (snr) died in 1911.
In 1912 Jimmy married Katherine Levesley at Fulbeck, where they lived at Ermine Cottage and had a child. He joined 11thBattalion, Sherwood Foresters soon after war broke out. He was wounded twice. On discharge from hospital April 1917 he was promoted to L/Sgt. He was killed in the front line trenches by a direct hit from a shell on 16 Sep 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, as well as the Fulbeck War Memorial (there is no war memorial in Dry Doddington).
His brother William had died a few weeks earlier (he seems to have been a miner in the Worksop area). His widow Katherine moved to 13 Exchange Road, West Bridgeford.