He was posted to France on the 16th February 1915. The Hertfords were in the vicinity of Bethune and spent the time in the front line, on reliefs and in billets, with shelling, sniping, snow, mud and rain creating a steady toll of casualties. On the 29th November 1915, James returned from a long march with his company to their billets in an orphanage in Bethune, and he soon fell asleep. Sadly, he did not wake up and it is believed he died as a result of heart failure. James is buried in the Bethune Town Cemetery, France.