James junior was born in Wheatley in 1900, the son of James Gomm senior and Annie nee Price, both themselves Wheatley-born. They were living on Crown Road in 1911. The RAF Muster Roll for 1914-18 appears to have him as enlisting on 2 January 1918 with the No. 250716. He had the trade classification Engineer, but Fitter (A.E.) on re-mustering. He progressed from Acting Air Mechanic 1 on joining, to 2. Normal Air Force rate of pay 3 shillings, and terms for the duration of the war.
He was living at 47 Crown Road, an address which does not exist today but is shown to the west of Crown Cottage, 49-51 Crown Road.