James was born at Auckland.
He married Sophia Fox (born in 1871) at Wellingotn in 1893.
They had three sons, all born in Levin. Two, James (Jnr) & Morrison served in WW1 & Kenneth served in WW2. It is probable that James & Morrison would have been living in Levin when they signed up.
James was a schoolmaster, starting in Levin around 1893 until his death in 1922.
The family ws on the unofficial census for the 1905 Levin township petition.