James Tozer was born Southampton, Hampshire, England in early 1880.
He was the son of George Tozer (1841-1911) and Anne Ryan (1836-1919). His Irish mother originated in Co Limerick whilst his father hailed from Exeter, Devon and had served in the British Army until 1879; the couple had married in Southampton in 1863.
James had four known siblings: Mary (b. 1867, later Mrs George Shard), George (b. 1875), Christopher (b. 1877) and Edwin (b. 1882); sister Mary was born in Limerick, Ireland whilst brothers George and Christopher had been born in British India, in Calcutta and Cawnpore 1 respectively.
On the 1881 census James and his family are living at 21 Chantry Road, St Mary, Southampton and his father is described as an Army pensioner. On the 1891 census the family are listed as 13 St Georges Place, Southampton.
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, Southampton 2 and his previous 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 and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
James' mother continued to live in Southampton until her death in 1919.