Jim Perry-Warnes

Farmer and soldier Jim Perry-Warnes, who has died aged 82, built up up extensive business during a lifetime in the agricultural industry.He joined the 1st Battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment and served in post-war Germany between 1945 and 1948.

Farmer and soldier Jim Perry-Warnes, who has died aged 82, built up up extensive business during a lifetime in the agricultural industry.

He joined the 1st Battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment and served in post-war Germany between 1945 and 1948. He was a very young member of the Home Guard before joining the RAF as aircrew.

Mr Perry-Warnes had the opportunity to apply for a commission. He joined the Royal Norfolks to serve under Col Peter Barclay and was later promoted captain.

On his return to his native Norfolk, he started farming his father's holding at Saxthorpe before marrying Pat in 1952. They farmed at Pages Farm, Wood Dalling. The farming business grew and he farmed land at Thurning, Guestwick, Wood Dalling Saxthorpe and Reepham, much of which the family still manages.


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He served his apprenticeship at Saxthorpe Foundry, then owned by tractor dealers J.J. Wright, of Dereham. After the war, he also learned a great deal about farming from the late James Lee at Great Farm, Saxthorpe.

He leaves a widow Pat, four sons, Robert, David and Sarah, Peter and Thomas. A funeral service was held at St Andrew's, Wood Dalling and was conducted by the Rev Christopher Morgan-Cromar.

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