James Flynn was born in Liverpool on the 26th January 1876, the son of James Flynn.
 
He married Mary Condron at St.Winifred's R.C. Church, Bootle in 1898 giving his home address as 74 Millerís Bridge, Bootle.
 
By 1911 six children has been born to the marriage but only four of these children had survived infancy; John, David, Elizabeth and Mary Ellen.
 
The family lived at 26 Molyneux Street in 1901. They had moved to 54 Aber Street by 1911 and were living at 43 Anglesey Street at the time of James Flynn's death. 
 
James worked as a stoker on steamships. He died when the H.M.S. Aboukir, H.M.S. Hogue and H.M.S. Cressy were sunk in the North Sea on the 22nd September 1914.