James was born in Kippax in 1898.
His father was Joseph and Mother Martha
James enlisted in 5th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Father – Joseph R. b. 1872 in Kippax. 1911 he was listed as a coalminer hewer living at Well Lane, Kippax
Mother – Martha R nee Shackleton b.1877 in Kippax in 1911 they had had eight children one of whom had died and had been married 15 years.Married Sept 1895
Sister – Sarah R. b. 1896 in Kippax and in 1911 was a 15 year old domestic servant.
James Roberts b.1898 in Kippax .1911 he was a 13 year old colliery surface labourer.
Sister – Elizabeth R. b. 1900 in Wakefield
Sister – Martha R. b. 1902 in Wakefield
Sister – Clanard R. b.1904 in Wakefield
Brother – Cyril R. b. 1908 in Kippax
Brother – Joseph R. b.1909 in Kippax