Joseph JONES
Rank: Driver
Number: T4/072505
Unit: 1st Company, 48 Division Train ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 9 March 1918
Age: 43
Cemetery: Giavera British Cemetery

Joseph was born in Stockport and he is thought to have lived in the town all his life until he enlisted into the army. Before joining up, he lived at 89 School Street, Cheadle Heath and does not appear to have been married. His newspaper obituary suggests he was 41 when he died, although the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record indicates 43. It has not been possible to confirm which is correct.

Each Army Division had four companies of the Army Service Corps attached to it for the purposes of carrying supplies and stores from the reserve areas to the front line troops. They were known collectively as the Divisional Train. In a time when motorised transport was still in its comparative infancy, most of these Companies relied on horse drawn wagons. Each company would have about 430 troops, 400 horses and 140 wagons. The units attached to the 48th Division were 459, 460, 461 and 462 Company and the reference, in the CWGC record, to the "1st Company" suggests that Joseph was attached to 459 Company.

The obituary reports that Joseph "died of wounds", although military information published after the War (Soldiers Died in the Great War) records, simply, that he "died". This is a designation usually indicating a death from natural causes.

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