According to his attestation papers dated March 15, 1916 at Huntsville, James Farrington of Mimico, Ontario was born on March 10, 1894 at Wigan, Lancashire, England. He listed his mother Mary Farrington, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a clerk and had 1 1/2 years previous military experience with the 36th Peel Regiment. He was 22 years old and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall. He had light brown eyes, light hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
According to the 1911 census his father was Ernest Farrington. According to the 1914 Toronto City directory Ernest Farrington was listed as a paper maker living on the south side of Symons Street, Mimico. In the 1921 Toronto City directory Ernest Farrington is listed as a "moto" (motorman?) living on the north side of Symons Street, Mimico.
His brother Ernest also enlisted.