Captain James Nicholls (played by Tom Hiddleston) is the British cavalry officer who bought Joey for 40 pounds. Joey was a horse that Nicholls promised to try and return to his original owner. Nicholls is killed in action while invading a German camp. He was riding Joey when he died, leaving the horse unmounted and roaming through a war zone. This event launches Joey on an incredible journey that is the main storyline in this adventure. A very kind and considerate man, he was sweet even in the time of war.
"I want to show him how beautiful Joey's looking, the boy who sold him to me."
"I promise you, that I'll look after him as closely as you've done, I'll respect him and all the care that you've taken with him. And if I can - I'll return him to your care"
-Both quotes on the horse Joey in regard to Albert.