According to this attestation papers dated July 2, 1915 at Niagara Camp, James Forsyth was born on November 10, 1891 in Toronto. He listed his wife Mrs. H. Forsyth, Humber Bay as his next of kin. He was a printer and an active member of the Royal Grenadiers, Toronto where he had 7 years of previous military experience. He was 24 years old and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion. He had a small scar over his left eye and a vaccination mark on his left arm. He was a Baptist.
In the 1914 Toronto city directory he is listed a printer living with his father James Forsyth, market gardener on the north side of the Lake Shore Road, Humber Bay.