Joseph Victor MALPAS
Rank: Private
Number: 2951
Unit: 2/6th (or 3rd) Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 12 November 1919
Age: 22
Cemetery: St Chadís Churchyard, Romiley

Joseph's parents, Joseph and Maria Agnes, lived at 11 Guywood Lane, Romiley. The 1901 Census records that Joseph was then aged 30 and working as a cotton machine minder and Maria was aged 31.

Official records show Joseph serving with the 2/6th Battalion - effectively the reserve/training unit for the front line 1/6th Battalion . The Memorial records him as being with the 3rd Battalion which was the Regiment's official reserve unit. Either might be correct.

No details of Joseph's death have been discovered but it is possible to make some deductions based solely on his service number. This indicates that he originally enlisted into the 6th Territorial Battalion during 1915. This would have been the 2/6th Battalion as, by then the 1/6th was already in action in France and Belgium.

An examination of the National Archives' on-line records shows that Joseph had an entitlement to war service medals. This would only be possible if he served abroad. It is reasonable to assume, therefore, that he transferred to the 1/6th Battalion after training, probably in mid-1916.

At the beginning of 1917, all Territorial Army soldiers were re-allocated new six-digit service numbers. Joseph does not have one of these so it is again reasonable to assume that he was not serving at that time. The conclusion is that he must have returned to England, either as a result of being wounded or through illness, in late 1916. It was, however, to be three years later before he died. His commemoration, by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, is proof that his death must have been related to his war service.

   
           
   
     
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