Josiah James Bayliss, known as James, was born in Pathlow near Wilmcote in 1882, the son of Josiah and Eliza Bayliss. James married Minnie Elizabeth Ann Mustoe in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1912 and they moved to Broadway. James enlisted with the Worcestershire Regiment and during the First World War was transferred to the Labour Corps. Whilst stationed at the Southern Labour Centre, Fovant, on Salisbury Plain, James caught influenza during the ‘Spanish’ flu pandemic and died, aged 36, on 2nd March 1919.
James’s coffin was transported back to Broadway and after a service at St Eadburgha’s Church on 8th March 1919 was buried in the churchyard. Pte James Bayliss is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial.