James was a police constable when he enlisted in October 1916 at the age of 23. After training in England, he reached France early in 1918. He served in the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion and managed to reach the end of the war without suffering major illness or wounding.
After returning to Australia, James worked for the Railways, and he and his wife Mary, lived in Launceston. In 1940, at the age of 44, James enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces, serving four years.
James’ story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.