James Moran was born in Desertmartin and lived in Bracanaslea, County Londonderry. He enlisted in Cookstown with the Royal Irish Regiment and served as Private 29829 before transferring to the 182nd Battalion Labour Corps. Private James Moran died of wounds, age 35, on 20th November 1917 and is buried in grave 4-A-25 at St Hilaire Cemetery, Frevent, France.
The town of Frevent is 39 kilometres west of Arras, 12 kilometres south of St Pol and 16 kilometres south-east of Hesdin. St Hilaire Cemetery and Extension is on the eastern side of the town on the south side of the secondary road to Sericourt (D54).