James was the son of William & Amy Burrows of Staindrop. By 1911 James’ father had died & James was working as a mine labourer above ground. A local source remembers Mrs Burrows, who was a grocer & landlady, had had 21 children but only 3 survived. One survivor was Alice, who later became Alice Nodding. Another sister was Naomi, who was the village’s unofficial midwife.
In 1911 11 boarders were living with James & his mother in a ten-roomed house in Main Street. Many of them were new railroad workers. James joined the 22nd Durham Light Infantry in September 1914 & served in France. James was killed in action on 7th September, 1917 aged 29 & is buried at Motor Car Corner Cemetery.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record service no. as 4/9510, age at death as 24. Motor Car Corner Cemetery ( grave ref: B28 ) is at Hainaut, Belgium