James’ first job was as a message boy for G.R. Wild Goose in Dufftown in 1940. He was 14 years old. He served his time for five years. In 1944 when he turned 18 he was called up. He volunteered for the airforce. At this time his Boss had died (the grocer) so the services were cancelled until a replacement could be found for the shop. This took three months. In the end no replacement could be found so the shop closed. James didn’t go in the RAF as it was too late.