Joseph P Murphy was the eldest son of Bartholomew and Fanny Murphy. He was born on Christmas Day 1881 in Clogher. He was the eldest of at least nine children. The family moved around a lot. Joseph became a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Joseph P Murphy was living in Liverpool when he enlisted. Lance-Sergeant Joseph Murphy was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on Saturday 30th March 1918.
Ayette is a village some 13 kilometres south of Arras on the road to Amiens, and Douchy-les-Ayette is a village 1 kilometre west of Ayette. The British Cemetery is opposite the Communal Cemetery on the north side of the road, halfway between the two villages next to a barn.