Patrick James JOYCE
Patrick was born in Rugby in 1892. His parents were James and Lucy (nee Flavell). They were married in 1884. James was born in Ireland and Lucy was from Harborough Magna. James was a gardener and the family lived at 16 Oak Street, off Barby Road, Rugby.
James Joyce died in 1906 at the age of 46 and by the 1911 census Patrick was living with his widowed mother, two brothers and a sister. Aged 19 he was a gardener like his father. His mother was to die later that same year. At some point Patrick started working for the railway, as he is remembered on the Rugby Steam Shed Plaque.
He joined the 9th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, no. 3386, and at the time of his death his rank was lance corporal.
He died on 10th August 1915 at Gallipoli. The Battle of Sari Bair was the final attempt by the British to seize control of the Gallipoli peninsula. Patrick James Joyce was reported missing on 10th August and is remembered on the Helles Memorial.
As well as the Rugby Memorial Gates, he is listed on the Rugby Steam Shed Plaque and the St Marie’s Church Memorial.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM