James was born on April 18 1921 in Selfkirk Ontario as the son of William Wesley Stewart (deceased in 1942) and Mary Maude Stewart of Nanticoke Ontario. He was the husband of Beatrice Norene Stewart, of Simcoe, Ontario. His brothers were: Ernest Hilbert, Russell Albert (Canadian army on Nova Scotia), George Omar and Walter Ross Stewart and his sisters: Anne May Stewart, Helen Jean Johnson and Mildred Lauretta Stewart. And half-sisters were: Erie Jeanette Atkinson and Ethel Gertrude Hurst.
His profession was a labourer and he was member of the Baptist Church.
He enlisted on November 1 1942 in Brantford Ontario and he went overseas to the UK on March 14 1944 and he went thereafter to France for D-Day June 6 1944 and he was in the first line reinforcement then.
James was killed in action on Friday June 9 age. 23 in the D Coy near Putot en Bessin and he was temporarily buried there and on January 18 1945 reburied in Bretteville S/Laize.
At his headstone: SUNSHINE FADES AND SHADOWS FALL BUT SWEET REMEMBRANCE OUTLASTS ALL
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.
His name is at the monument in Putot en Bessin.