James Harper was born in Bootle in 1897. He was the son of Andrew Harper and Alice Harper (nee Oxton). His parents were married in 1877 at St. Mary’s C.of E. Church, Walton.
 
1891 Census - 33 Moore Street, Bootle cum Linacre - Parents Andrew and Alice with children Arthur, Andrew, Alice L, Harry and Annie E.
 
1901 Census: 65 Scott Street, Bootle cum Linacre - Parents Andrew and Alice with children Arthur, Andrew, Alice l, Harry, Annie E, Agnes, Lillian, James and James Dickson (nephew)
 
1911 Census: 1 Ince Avenue, Litherland – Mother Alice (married 33 years, 9 children born alive and 8 still living) with children Andrew, Arthur, Agnes, Lillian, James and James and Elizabeth Dickson (cousins).
 
1911 Census: 64 Calder Street, Everton - Father Andrew was a boarder here (married 32 years)
 
His parents were living at 23 Oak Street, Bootle after the war.
 
James enlisted at Liverpool. His service records have not survived. He died of wounds on 5th June 1916
 
His brother Harry Harper was killed in action on the 11th July 1916.
 
A death notice appeared in the Evening Express
 
Newspaper (date) Evening Express (28-Jul-16)
Rank, Forename(s), Surname Rifleman James Harper
Regiment, Regimental No, medals Kings Liverpool Regiment (Pals)
Cause and date of death, age Killed in Action 05-Jun-16
Information contained in notice Youngest son of Andrew And the late Alice Harper address late of Bootle