According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, James Derbyshire Banks of Mimico was born on January 10, 1873 in Lancashire, England. He listed his wife Mrs. Mary Banks, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a labourer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 43 years of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall. He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion. He was a Methodist.
According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was a labourer living on the west side of Burlington Street, Mimico.