James was born in Hemblington in 1887 to James and Eliza nee Horner of Brundall. James Siblings were:
- Ernest John 1874
- Rosanna Eliza 1876
- Edith 1880
- Harriett 1883
- May 1884
- Alice 1889
- Florence 1891
James was a painter by trade, he married Sophia Elizabeth nee Naylor. They had a son Maurice Ruben in 1909 and lived in Ferry Road, Surlingham.
Sophia’s father George Naylor lived next door at Marsh House, Ferry Road, Surlingham.
James served with the Norfolk Regiment and saw duty in France and Flanders. He was killed in action 4 June 1916 aged 29 and is buried in Faubourg-D’AmeinsCemetery, Arras, France (Part I A-L ).
It is likely that Private Holsworth was entitled to the following campaign medals
- Victory Medal British War Medal
- Memorial Death Plaque