James was born on January 15, 1916 in Kamloops, British Columbia as the son of Stanley James and Alma Eileen Harling of Kamloops.

He was a reporter and he was member of the Church of England. He spoke French.

He enlisted on August 19 1940 in Kamloops and he went overseas to the UK on October 9 1942 and he went thereafter on July 13 1943 as reinforcement to Sicily. And after that he went to the UK again on January 5 1944 and he went to France on June 23 as reinforcement.

James was killed in action on Sunday July 9 1944 age 28 in the C Coy near Cussy and he was temporarily buried there and he was reburied on February 7 1945 in Beny S/Mer.

And his medals were:1939-45 Star; Italy Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.

He was just taken on strength on July 8 to the Canadian Scottish Regiment.