Alderman Sir James Roll died on Sunday, 30th January 1927, aged 80 years of age. He was the youngest son of Mr Nathaniel Roll and his wife Emma Roll née Gilding and was born on 9th December 1846 at East Ruston, near Norwich. His father was a tenant farmer in the same village.

He served as Lord Mayor 1920-21 and at the close of his year of office, was made a baronet in November 1921. Sir James Roll was a member of Paviors’, Glovers’, Horners’, and Carmen’s Companies, and was a prominent Freemason with the rank of Past Grand Treasurer.