Harold James Duncan, born 9 Jan 1898, had a difficult childhood in Ottawa. His mother (Mary Elizabeth nee McGregor) died when he was age four. His father (Albert James) married again. Siblings from both marriages died as infants, His father died of TB before Harold was age 10.
He first attested in April 1916, age 18, giving his occupation as window dresser. Serving with the Canadian Army Service Corps he proceeded to Valcartier but was hospitalized with TB from August that year. He was released in April the following year, then attested again in May spending time in sanitoriums in Quebec, Ontario and B.C.
He died at Mountain Sanitorium in Hamilton, Ontario on 27 June 1921 and was buried at Beechwood Cemetery in Lot 94. South-West. Sec. 29.