Rank: Private
Number: 6760
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Cemetery: Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, France

Little is known of Joseph's family life, except that Regimental records published after the War indicate he had been born in Heaton Mersey and was still living there, at 16 Poplar Street, when he enlisted into the army at Manchester. The family history website, FreeBMD, records that the birth of boy of this name was registered locally, at Heaton Norris, in 1895. This may well have been him. He is understood, from a report in the Manchester newspapers, that he worked for Richie & Eason Ltd, Dickinson Street, Manchester. He is believed to have worshipped at the Congregational Church and, also, furthered his education by attending its Sunday School.

He joined up in early September 1914 and was assigned to No. 9 Platoon, "C" Company of the first of the Manchester Pals battalions. Some details of the Battalion's recruitment and training can be found here. The Battalion went abroad in November 1915 and Joseph was died on the day of their first attack on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. The Regimental records indicate that Joseph was killed outright. However, his burial at Dive Copse suggests that he may have lived for a little while after being injured.  The ground north of the cemetery was, in the summer of 1918, the location of the Main Dressing Station in this sector. If Joseph was wounded in the attack he would have been carried there on a stretcher. Perhaps there was nothing the doctors could do. Perhaps he was already dead when he arrived.

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