According to his attestation papers dated November 15, 1915 at Toronto, James Herod, Mimico, Ontario was born on July 3, 1882 in Haldimand County, Ontario. He listed his wife, Winnifred Herod, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a clerk and had no previous military experience. He was 33 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a medium complexion. He had a scar from an operation for varicocele. He was a Presbyterian.
According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was a "pdir" living on the west side of Queens Avenue, Mimico.