James Kerr Galloway was born at Bootle on the 8th February 1887.
He was the son of James Kerr Galloway and Margaret Smith Galloway. His parents were both born in Scotland; his father, who was a foreman engineer at a ship repair works, was from Dalry, Ayrshire
All of the Galloway children were born in the Kirkdale and Bootle district. James' siblings were Suzette Murray (b 1878), John Cunningham (b 1880), Christina Cunningham (b 1882), Margaret Smith (b 1884), Grace Smith (b 1889).
In 1881 the family were living at 12 Sylvia Street, Kirkdale, but by 1891 they had moved to 4 Oriel Road, Bootle which was to remain the family home until the 1930s.
Only James Kerr senior and two of his daughters, Christina and Grace, were at home at Oriel Road at the time of the 1911 census. James junior would have been twenty-four, and was probably away at sea.
James Kerr Galloway died when Submarine E 18 struck a mine in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Estonia. His official date of death is 11th June 1916 but it is thought likely that the submarine was lost on the 2nd June.
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 23rd June 1916.
of the Royal Naval Reserve, who as reported in our last issue, was lost on war service while serving as engine room artificer on one of H.M. ships. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Galloway, Oriel-road, Bootle, and was 29 years of age. He was educated at Oakes Institute, and afterwards served as an engineer in the Leyland Line.

Bootle Times 23rd June 1916

His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
Probate of his estate was obtained at Liverpool by his father. His effects were valued at 226 12s (20,000 at current values.)