James served in the 13th Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers and was aged 28 and held the rank of Corporal when he was killed in action on 3rd August 1917.
He was the son of Joseph and Charlotte Lavinia Whitaker and had a sister, Harriet. From James’s probate and Harriet’s wedding certificate we know that the family lived at 14 Catherine Slack and this is shown in the Halifax Courier dated 23rd February 1918, which confirms the death of James, it states that the above address was that of his grandmother, a Mrs Metcalf.
Before the war, James had worked at Black Dyke Mills and then for Messrs. Drake Ltd, Ovenden. He enlisted in April 1916 and went to France the following December. He was well known in football circles for he played full back for Catherine Slack RFC.
James has no known grave and is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL (Bay 2 and 3).