James Rimmer was born at Kirkdale in 1888. He was the son of Charles Rimmer and Ellen (nee Green).
 
He enlisted in the army at Manchester. His service records have not survived but his medal card records that he was posted to the Balkans on the 1st August 1915.
 
He was killed in action at Gallipoli just eight days later on the 9th August 1915.