James Herbert Bowler was born at 57 Beech Street, Bootle on the 28th June 1894 and was baptised on the 22nd July 1894 at St.Matthew's C.of E. Church, Bootle. His father was a Police Sergeant.
 
He was the son of Charles Bowler and Mary Ellen (nee Carr) who were married at Ormskirk in 1891.
 
1901 Census 14 Milton Street, Bootle - Parents Charles and Mary E with Charles, John W, James H, Frederick H and Adelaide E. Father Charles was a Police Sgt. 
 
1911 Census 87 Knowsley Road, Bootle Parents Charles and Mary Ellen with children Charles, James, Frederick, Adelaide, Beatrice & Ruby. His parents had been married 21 years with 7 children born and still alive 
 
James was an Assistant Greengrocer in 1911
 
He enlisted in Seaforth and was Killed in Action. All of James' military records give his first names as James Henry rather than James Herbert.
 
His family were still living at 87 Knowsley Road after the war.