(L to R) 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Allied Victory Medal
James served in the Manchester Regiment during the First World War. He was given the service number 16955. James was sent overseas and arrived on the 5th October 1915. From his service number we can work out that he enlisted between November 1914 and January 1915.
We also know that he was assigned to either the 11th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, who landed at Suvla Bay in Gallipoli in August 1915, or the 13th Battalion, who were sent to Salonika in Greece in October.
At some point James was transferred to the Labour Corps. This Corps was not formed until January 1917 so James would have stayed with the Manchester Regiment at least until then. He was given a new service number: 277015.
We don't know what James did in the Labour Corps, but the fact that he served in it tells us that he was not considered fit enough to be an infantryman in the front line any more.
James survived the War, but his life afterwards is a mystery.