James was born in Little Berkhamsted in 1885. In 1911 he was recorded as a ‘horseman on farm’ and was living with his brother Harry (also remembered on this memorial) and their parents George (recorded as an estate woodman) and Emma at Howe Green.
James and Harry both enlisted at Hertford in the 7th battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment (which suggests that they volunteered in September 1914) and landed in France on 26th July 1915. Their father died in 1917 some while before James was killed in action on 11th February 1918. The battalion war diary describes how he was killed at Salency: ‘Hostile Bombing raid. One bomb demolished a billet occupied by "C" Company. Casualties: - Killed; 9 other ranks. Died of Wounds; 1 officer & 2 other ranks. Wounded; 6 other ranks’.
Son of Mrs. E. Gaylor, of Howe Green, Hertford, and the late Mr. G. Gaylor.