James Perkins served in the 1st/6th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own). In 1911 he was employed as a spinner and lived with his parents Charles and Elizabeth and his two older sisters at 5 Russell Street, Queensbury, his father and sisters also worked in the mills. James also had an older brother Henry who is listed on the 1901 census when the family lived at 6 Small Page Fold. When James died the family were living at 7 Great Street, Queensbury.
The 1st/6th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment were stationed close to the Belgium coast in July 1917 and were in the trenches of the St Georges sector Nieuport (Nieuwpoort). Throughout their time in the front line they carried out patrols, some as the war diary states under the novel conditions of using boats and by swimming. The area around the Noord canal had been flooded as a means of defence. They were also subjected to bombing and gas shells using a new type of gas were also used in their area of operations.
The battalion casualties for the month of July 1917 were; killed 1 (accidentally) wounded 19, gassed 38. James died of wounds on 25th July 1917 at 91st Field Ambulance, Belgium, he is buried at COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY (I. K.48).