James Joyce was the second son of Thomas David Joyce and Elizabeth Joyce. He was born on 31st July 1892. All twelve children were born in the in the Aughnacloy area of County Tyrone. They were a farming family from Glenkeen. Private James Joyce arrived in France with the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons on 16th December 1914. Private Joyce served for almost the entirety of the war. Private James Joyce was serving with the 5th (Inniskilling) Dragoons when he was killed in action in action in France on 26th March 1918. James was 25 years old.
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.