James Magnall was born on the 22nd October 1888 in the Liverpool area, the first son of Alfred Magnall (FM079) and Alice Ann Emmett. He was baptised at St Clement’s, Toxteth on the 11th September 1989.
The 1891 Census shows that James was living at 55 Dorothy Street, West Derby, Liverpool with his parents. James was 2 years old.
The 1901 Census shows James living with his father at 18 Lancaster Rd, Rusholme, Manchester.
The whole family were living at 14 Beech Grove, Withington, Manchester by the time of the 1911 Census and James was now 22 years old and working as a “Test Clerk” in the telephone service.
James married Nora Lummis in 1914.
James enlisted in the Royal Navy on 25th October 1917 and served on the “President II”, “Roehampton” and “Lowestoft” before being transferred to the RAF on 31st March 1918 with service number 240377
After the war James returned to working for the telephone company where, according to the Telegraph and Telephone Journal, he seems to have been a keen cricketer and singer.
In 1933 his mother’s probate documents show him to be a Civl Servant.
James died in Vancouver in 1950.