James Leslie Mitchell Biographical Outline
13 February, 1901: James Leslie Mitchell born at Hillhead of Seggat, Auchterless, Aberdeenshire, son to James McIntosh Mitchell and his wife, née Lilias Grant Gibbon, and half-brother to George and John.
1917: Becomes reporter with The Aberdeen Daily Journal.
February, 1919: Becomes Junior Reporter on The Scottish Farmer in Glasgow.
Summer 1919: Recuperation at Bloomfield after nervous breakdown.
26 August, 1919: Enlists in Royal Army Service Corps.
22 March, 1923: Discharged from army, following service in Palestine, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia.
31 August, 1923: Enlists as clerk in Royal Air Force.
18 October, 1924: First published story, ‘Siva Plays the Game’, appears in T.P.’s and Cassell’s Weekly.
15 August, 1925: Marries Rebecca Middleton (later Ré, Rhea or Ray) at Fulham Registry Office.
June, 1928: Publication of first book, Hanno: or the Future of Exploration: an Essay in Prophecy, by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. Ltd, London.
January, 1929: Publication of ‘For Ten’s Sake’, first of series of short stories to appear in The Cornhill.
31 August, 1929: Discharged from RAF.
17 March, 1930: Birth of daughter, Rhea Sylvia.
September, 1930: Publication of first novel, Stained Radiance: A Fictionist’s Prelude, by Jarrolds, London.
16 March, 1934: Birth of son, Daryll Allan Leslie.
November, 1934: Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Grey Granite published by Jarrolds and later, by Doubleday Doran and Company Inc., New York, 1935.
December, 1934: JLM suffering acute stomach pains, diagnosed as gastritis.
4 February, 1935: JLM undergoes operation at Queen Victoria Hospital, Welwyn, for perforated gastric ulcer.
7 February, 1935: James Leslie Mitchell dies, age 33 years 11 months.