A founding member of West Kensington's Brunswick Club who won the Military Cross in the Second World War has died aged 88.
Jimmy James was a prisoner of war in an interrogation camp near Berlin in 1943 when he and fellow prisoners had the idea of starting a youth club.
After he returned to the UK weighing just six stones, a prospectus was drafted and the then substantial sum of £13,000 was collected.
The scheme, eventually named the Brunswick Club, went ahead in Haldane Road off North End Road.
The Duke of Edinburgh opened the club in July 1949 with Mr James as a founding trustee who eventually became president.
Club trustee and chair of the management committee Boris Dunning, 60, had known Mr James for more than 30 years.
He said that you could not tell from Mr James' manner that he was a war hero.
"He was a very quiet, studious, correct chap who didn't give impression he was ever in the army. Very precise, with a Home Office bearing."
Mr Dunning added that Mr James was always helpful to everyone. "If you needed something done he knew everybody you needed," he added.
The Brunswick Club had humble beginnings, being housed in two Nissen huts with the gym in old aircraft hangar.
Two of Mr James' children, Andrew and Tom, remain trustees of the club. His daughter is a former trustee.
Jimmy James, real name Richard Austin James, gained his nickname in a Territorial Army Unit of the Royal Engineers which he joined in 1939. He went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force that year.
Evacuated from Dunkirk in a small boat in 1940, Mr James passed through one of the railway stations where his mother was one of the hundreds of women handing out tea and sandwiches. They failed to notice each other and his parents only learned later he was safe.
Mr James won the MC in 1943 during battle for the Aegean island of Leros.
His group was held up by snipers and he ran forward under fire, before clearing the enemy positions.
Richard Austin James, May 26, 1920 - September 10, 2008