James was born on 6 Nov 1923 a t Kamloops BC as the son of Samuel Avoca and Lillian Ann Power.,

He was c a l l e d up f o r  t r a i n i n g and service in June 1941. He served in the home defence b a t t a l i o n of The Edmonton

F u s i l i e r s in Western Canada and in Royal Rifles of Canada i n Eastern Canada u n t i l 1 Jan 45, when he was d e t a i l e d f o r overseas duty, and a r r i v e d  in the UK on 10 Jan 45. He continued to NW Europe on 18 Mar 45, and joined 1 C SCOT R on 2 Apr 45, just before the

f i g h t i n g a t Deventer.

James was killed in action on Saturday April 21 1945 age 21 as a member of ‘D’ Coy during the f i r s t a t t a c k f o r the l i b e r a t i o n of Wagenborgen. He was temporarily buried in Siddeburen and on February 15 1946 reburied in Holten.

At his headstone: SADLY MISSED BY ALL. “BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART: FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD”

His medals were: the 1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, the War Medal 1945.

His name is at the monument in Wagenborgen.