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7158   Private James Joyce
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/07/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Innishkilling Dragoons (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/07/1892
Died: 26/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Summary      
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.
Further Information
James Joyce was the second son of Thomas David Joyce and Elizabeth Joyce. Thomas Joyce and Elizabeth Kerr were married on 7th June 1888 in the district of Dungannon.
James was born on 31st July 1892 in the Aughnacloy area of County Tyrone. All twelve children were born in the Caledon – Ballymagran area. Ten survived.
The 1901 records James as age 8 living with the large family at house 6 in Glenkeen, Ballymagran, County Tyrone. David Joyce was a farmer.
Ballymagran is an area in the parish of Aghaloo. Aghaloo borders on Aughnacloy.
Family: David Thomas Joyce, Elizabeth Joyce, George Joyce (born 11th July 1889), Annie Joyce (born 6th February 1891), James Joyce (born 31st July 1892), Stanley Joyce (born 16th October 1893), Emily Joyce (born 16th November 1895), Margaret Joyce (born 7th July 1897), Florence Joyce (born 15th July 1899, died 23rd March 1901, age 1), John Joyce (born 18th December 1900), Florence Joyce (born 19th September 1902), Thomas David Joyce (born 19th July 1904), Etta Joyce (born 12th October 1905), Samuel Joyce (born 11th August 1908, died 28th April 1911, age 2).
The 1911 census does not list James as living with the family at house 2 in Glenkeen, Ballymagran, County Tyrone.
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Private James Joyce arrived in France with the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons on 16th December 1914.
There is a record of the death of a Thomas Joyce on 27th January 1916 in the Ballymagran area. This may have been James’ father. However, his age is given as 65.
Private James Joyce served for almost the entirety of the war.
Private James Joyce (7158) 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.
Private James Joyce has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 3 of the Pozieres Memorial in France.
There is a James Joyce listed on Portadown War Memorials but this is believed to be 14355 Private James Joyce, Royal Irish Fusiliers, born in Portadown.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Glenkeen, Ballymagran Aughnacloy Census listing in Glenkeen, Ballymagran 54.392852 -6.917295
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
07/06/1888 M Kerr Elizabeth Parent M/1888/T1/1406/4/9b
07/06/1888 M Joyce Thomas Parent M/1888/T1/1406/4/9a Thos
11/07/1889 B Joyce George Sibling U/1889/108/1012/4/167
06/02/1891 B Joyce Annie Sibling U/1891/108/1012/4/220
31/07/1892 B Joyce James Casualty U/1892/108/1012/5/31
16/10/1893 B Joyce Stanley Sibling U/1893/108/1012/5/73
16/11/1895 B Joyce Emily Sibling U/1895/108/1012/5/158
07/07/1897 B Joyce Maggie Sibling U/1897/108/1012/5/215
15/07/1899 B Joyce Florence Sibling U/1899/108/1012/5/297
18/12/1900 B Joyce John Sibling U/1901/108/1012/5/394 Ker
23/03/1901 D Joyce Florence Sibling D/1901/108/1012/4/459 died age 1
19/12/1902 B Joyce Florence Sibling U/1902/108/1012/6/14
19/07/1904 B Joyce Thomas Sibling U/1904/108/1012/6/133
12/10/1905 B Joyce Etta Sibling U/1905/108/1012/6/194
11/08/1908 B Joyce Samuel Sibling U/1908/108/1012/6/375
28/04/1911 D Joyce Samuel Sibling D/1911/108/1012/5/485 died age 2
27/01/1916 D Joyce Thomas Parent D/1916/108/1012/6/211 died age 65
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Joyce family Lists James as age 8 living with the family at house 6 in Glenkeen, Ballymagran, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Joyce family Does not list James as living with the family at house 2 in Glenkeen, Ballymagran, Tyrone
3 Ballymagran, Aghaloo confirms Glenkee as within Ballymagran in the parish of Aghaloo
4 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private James Joyce's Pozieres inscription
5 Ireland Memorial Record Lists James, Joyce, born Aughnacloy County Tyrone
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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