James enlisted on 31st August 1914. He was 19 years and 11 months old, and a clerk by trade. He embarked at Southampton on 20th May - disembarking at Havre he entered the war in France on 21st May 1915. (Service record) He was killed by a whizzbang while on duty with Capt. Atkins in the line, and was the unit’s first casualty. (Taken from the book ‘With the Forty Fourths’) James was the son of Owen and Fanny Bridget Tomlins of 28 Church Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth.