James O’Hara Pearman was born in Shiffnal in 1882. According to the article that appeared in the Wolverhampton Chronicle on 7 February 1917, he was educated at a school in Jamaica where his father was a headmaster, before studuing at Caius College, Cambridge. He was the son of the Reverend W. L. Pearman and Mrs Pearman of 2 Richmond Road, Wolverhampton.
Before the war he had been doing “educational work” in Huddersfield and was hoping to be called to the Bar. When war broke out, he enlisted as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers, later becoming a Second Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 25 January 1917 on the Tigris, and is commemorated at the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq, as well as on the memorial in St Jude’s Church, Tettenhall.