Born in Watford registration district in the last quarter of 1899, James Field was the son of George and Kate Harriet (née Allen) Field, both from established Bushey families. His parents were married on 10 January 1891 at St James’ Church, Bushey and made their first home at Carlton Place, London Road, Bushey.
His father was a commercial clerk, who later worked for the London and North Western Railway and his mother was a dressmaker. They had eight children, three of whom died in childhood.
By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to 121, Pinner Road, Watford which became their family home for many years. Their children living there were; Katie (aged 8), Maud (aged 4) and James (aged 1). His older brother George, aged 9, was not with his parents but living with his uncle and aunt, James and Jane Field, at 108 Villiers Road, Bushey.
On the 1911 Census, the family was still living at 121, Pinner Road, Watford and James, now aged 11 and still at school, had four siblings; George (Jnr.), who had now moved back with the family, Katie (18), Maud (14) and Percy (1).
George died 1932 in Watford aged 66, and was buried 29 December in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Kate died 1949 in Watford aged 83, and was buried 13 May, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.