Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 16282
Unit: 12th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 October 1915
Age: 21
Cemetery: St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France

Joshua was the youngest son of George and Annie Jackson of Ratcliffe Street, Stockport. He was engaged to be married to Dorcas Burton. As with many local men, he worked in the town’s hatting industry at Carrington’s Ltd

Joshua enlisted at Stockport in September 1914. The Battalion trained in Kent before going to France, arriving in the Somme area just five weeks before he died.

He was only the second man of his Battalion to die on active service and he is recorded as having died of wounds whilst in a military hospital. It cannot be known for certain when he was injured but, the previous day, the Battalion had taken over a section of the front line, relieving another unit. “Reliefs” were a favourite time for the enemy to shell the trenches and Harry Rock had been killed. It is probable that Joshua was injured by the same shell.

It is understood that Joshua had four brothers also serving in the forces. Three would return to Stockport. Charles was killed on 22 August 1918.

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