James Tozer was born in 1880 in Southampton, Hampshire, England and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of George Tozer (1841-1911) and Anne Ryan (1836-1919). His father was from Exeter, Devon and his mother from Limerick, Ireland and they were married in 1863 in Southampton.
On the 1881 census James and his family are living at 21 Chantry Road, St Mary, Southampton. His father is listed as an Army pensioner and also resident there are his siblings: Mary (b. 1867), George (b. 1875) and Christopher (b. 1877). On the 1891 census the family are listed as 13 St Georges Place, Southampton and James has gained a brother Edwin (b. 1882). On the 1901 census James is absent but his parents are living at the same address, 13 St Georges Place. His father passed away in 1911 and neither he or his family seem to appear on the 1911 census.
When he signed on to the Titanic in Southampton he gave his address as 6 Challis Court, Southampton1 and his last ship as the Olympic. As a greaser he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6 10s.
James, who was unmarried, was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
James' mother continued to live in Southampton until her death in 1919.