James Hackett was the son of Patrick and Mary Ann Hackett. Private James Hackett was serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment when he was captured by the Japanese. Private James Hackett died of dysentery on on 13th February 1942 whilst a prisoner of war working on the Thailand-Burma railway.
Chungkai War Cemetery is located just outside the town of Kanchanaburi, which is 129 kilometres north-west of Bangkok, at the point where the river Kwai divides into two separate rivers; the Mae Khlong River and Kwai Noi River. The town is best reached by road along the National Highway which runs north from Bangkok. There is a bus and train service from Bangkok.