Son of William and Isabella Hird of 8 King Street and Husband of Elizabeth Hird of 20 Queen Street.
While stationed at Ripon it was reported that William's cousin had been the recipient of the French War distinction.
At one time James had worked as a porter on the Railway.
He formerly served with the 520 Northumberland Fusiliers. While stationed at Ripon it was reported that
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Serg J W Hird, from Barnard Castle, previous porter at Station, home on leave