1. Memorial:Wimereux Communal CemeteryIII. K. 2.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.126
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour51A GQS

Awards & Titles:

Queen's South Africa Medal 2 Clasps
King's South African Campaign Medal 2 Clasps
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Family :

Son of William Joseph and Anne Conquest James, of Wellington College Station, Berks; husband of Constance James, of 36, Somers Rd., Reigate, Surrey. Hotel Keeper - Wellington Hotel, Sandhurst.

Military :


Unit :5/Royal Berkshire Regiment 
Attached : 
Action :France & Flanders 

Previously served in the South African War. Joined up at the outbreak of war, initially serving as Service No. 508, Gunner, Berkshire Royal Horse Artillery. Embarked for France landing 21st June 1916.

Detail :

Reading Mercury 22nd July 1916 - "CAPTAIN J.C. JAMES - Deep regret is felt in Berkshire that Captain Joe Conquest James, Royal Berkshire Regiment, proprietor of the Wellington Hotel, Wellington College Station, and son of Mr. W.J. James has died of wounds. Captain James was wounded by shell in the great push on July 3rd, while leading his company, and taken to Boulogne Hospital, where, after an operation, he died on July 14th. His wife was too late to see him before he died. The deceased was extremely popular with all who knew him. he was educated at Cranleigh and Reading School. He went to South Africa and joined the British South African Police. In the South African War he served as a trooper in Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry, and received the Queen's and King's medal with four clasps. In September, 1914, he joined the Berkshire Royal Horse Artillery as a gunner, and was a great favourite with the battery. In December of that year he received his captaincy in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He went to the front last May. He was forty years of age. The deceased was a Freemason, being a member of the Downshire and Heather Lodges. He was extremely fond of horses."

For his service he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medals.

See also: South African War Graves Project

France & Flanders covers all the dates and corresponding locations which are outside the official battle nomenclature dates on the Western Front. Therefore the actions in which these men died could be considered 'normal' trench duty - the daily attrition losses which were an everyday fact of duty on the Western Front.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Heather No. 3131 E.C.Berkshire
Joined : Reading Old Boys No. 3545 E.C. Berkshire

22nd June 1908
22nd July 1908
23rd September 1908


He was a also a founder member of Reading Old Boys Lodge No. 3545, joining on the 3rd July 1911 at its consecration. Joe's war service is recorded, showing contributions to end of 1914, two years war service and then "Killed in Action July 1916."

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