Joseph Percy LONG
Rank: Private
Number: 59038
Unit: 13th Battalion Cheshire Regiment (attached 74th Trench Mortar Battery)
Date of Death: 5 May 1917
Age: 28
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

Joseph was one of the four Long brothers who fought in the War. Only Walter would come home. George and Leonard would be killed within a couple of months of each other in 1916.

Joseph and Emma Long originated from Hanley in Staffordshire where Joseph had earned his living selling mineral water. Their first five children were born there - Leonard in about 1890. Shortly after this, they moved to Heaton Norris where Walter and George were born. When the Census was taken in 1901, they had moved back to Hanley and were living at 6 Wellington Terrace. A later move brought them back to Stockport where the family home became 21 Gradwell Street.

By the time of the Great War, Joseph, junior, was living with his wife, Ethel May and their daughter at 28 Stockholm Road, Edgeley. The couple had married at Edgeley Methodist Church in 1913.

Joseph's service number indicates he enlisted into the army in late 1916. Official records differ as to how he died. An extract from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (held at Stockport's Local Heritage Library) indicates he was killed in action. However, Regimental records indicate that he "died". "Died" is a word normally used in military records to indicate a death from natural causes or otherwise unconnected with combat.

Joseph is buried away from the area where the Battalion was serving in May 1917 and is in an area used by several military medical facilities. It would seem, therefore, that a death from natural causes is most probable.

   
           
   
     
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