James was born on September 15 1921 in Vancouver as the son of James (Scottish) and Julia McWilliam (Welsh), of Vancouver.
He was a fisherman and member of the United Church.
He enlisted on November 16 1942 in Vancouver and he went on November 20 1944 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on December 30 to NW Europe.
James was killed in action on Sunday February 18 1945 age 23 in the C Coy at the Moyland Wood during the battle of the Rhineland. And he was temporarily buried in Bedburg Hau Germany and  then on September 19 1945 reburied in Groesbeek.
At his headstone: DEAR BROTHER AND SON, AS LONG AS LIFE AND MEMORY LAST WE WILL REMEMBER THEE
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.