Josiah James Bayliss, known as James, was born in 1882 at Pathlow near Wilmcote, Warwickshire, the third and youngest son of Josiah and Eliza Bayliss. James, a telegraph messenger, grew up in Mickleton, Gloucestershire, and in 1902 married Minnie Elizabeth Ann Mustoe in Stow-on-the-Wold. After their marriage, James and Minnie moved to Broadway.
Following the outbreak of the First World War, James joined the Worcestershire Regiment and was later transferred to the Labour Corps. Whilst stationed at Southern Command Labour Centre, Salisbury Plain, he contracted influenza and died of pneumonia, aged 36, on 2nd March 1919. His funeral took place at St Eadburgha’s Church, Snowshill Road, Broadway, on 8th March 1919 and he is buried in the churchyard.
Further information about James and the other men from Broadway who died in the First World War can be found in Broadway Remembers (ISBN 978-0-1-9929891-0-1) a not-for-profit publication raising money for the Poppy Appeal published to coincide with the global First World War Centenary commemorations led by the Imperial War Museum.