Saturday 24 March 2007

James "Jim" Coe - Norfolk

James "Jim" Coe

Born Castle Acre, Norfolk

His father was involved in "The National" Josephs Arch original union

began work aged 11 as a "crow starvin", at nineteen he became a cater

Joined the union in 1906 when George Edwards of the Eastern Counties Agricultural Labourers Union when he spoke in the Castle Acre village

became the Unions first organiser for the National Agricultural labourers & Rural workers Union in 1910

parish and district Councillor

Primitive Methodist

"Jim is of middle height, looks shrewdly at you out of blue grey eyes, that are never short of a twinkle and he has a way of pushing his hat back on his head and taking a few puffs of his pipe before giving his opinion"
James Coelived all his life in Castle Acre, born in a red brick house, which once housed the National school

1901 census states he was aged 15 in 1901 and a cattle man