James McAra, brother of Peter McAra, also was dedicated to public service in Regina. He was a member of City Council in 1919-20 and Mayor of Regina from 1927 to 1930 and 1923 to 1933. In 1896, at ten years of age, he assumed public office as the first page of the North West Council. His career included newspaper publishing, secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, and a partner with his brother Peter in an insurance and real estate firm.
James McAra was one of the original members of the 28th Battalion and fought in World War I, achieving the rank of Colonel. He played a large part in organizing the veterans in Saskatchewan following the war. The first provincial president of the Great War Veterans' Association, he held that office for nine years. His name will always be associated with the establishment of a soldiers' plot in the Regina Cemetery. He was also an honourary dominion president of the Royal Canadian Legion.
CORA-RPL-A-0141 Mayor James McAra, right, with the Prince of Wales August 1927