Rank: Private
Number: 266245
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

The 1901 Census records that Joseph had been born in Bramhall. His parents, John and Sarah are, however, recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as living at 22 Hope Street, Hazel Grove, which may have been a later address.

As a boy, Joseph regularly attended the Hazel Grove Wesleyan Sunday School and, later, went to work at the Hazel Grove Rubber Company. He enlisted on 5 December 1914 when he was still 16. It is not known when he went on active service. The official age was 18, but often a blind eye was turned, particularly if parents did not object. (NB: as at September 2004, it has not been possible to find Joseph's "medal index card" at the National Archives website to verify a likely date for going overseas).

In what was Stockport's worst day of the war, Joseph was killed on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. He was originally posted as missing and it was not until a year later that the military authorities made an official presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

Further information about Joseph, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

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