He was in the Non-Permanent unit which was mobilized in 1940 and went overseas as a Lieutenant with an artillery unit in July of 1941. He was injuried soon after arriving in England requiring several weeks of hospitalization. His wife thought that he had something to do with the surveying of beaches for the invasion. It was speculated that he was probably on a ship that was sunk off the coast and that he never reached the beach, his first real action on D-Day, June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy, France. He was reported as Missing In Action in the CDN 19/06/44, thirteen days after the landing.
Son of John and Delia Barclay of the Scane Sideroad, Howard Twsp, Kent Co. ON., the brother of Jack and Frank, still living at home and a sister Mrs. George Kemp of Ridgetown. The husband of Marjorie (nee Griffiths) of Ridgetown, Ontario, marrying in 1937; they had a daughter Marjorie Patricia who was four years old when he died. James was a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph and graduated receiving his M.Sc., B.S.A. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbour, Michigan.