Born in Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire on 11 January 1895 (baptised 3 March 1895), the eldest son of John and Margaret Eccleston of Church Lane, Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
The 1911 Census shows James as a bricklayer.
Regiment : 1st/15th battalion London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles)
Rank : Private
Service Number : 3659
Killed in action; France 15 September 1916 Aged 21