Joseph MEADOWS
Rank: Private
Number: 4348
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 21 September 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsaart, Somme, France

Mr & Mrs Meadows had lived in the Edgeley part of Stockport and also in Hazel Grove (where their only child, Joseph, was born). In 1916, they were living at 22A Ince Street, Heaton Norris.

Joseph was married and lived with his wife and their one child at 29 Hesketh Street, also in Heaton Norris. He worked at the Broadstone Spinning Mill in Reddish, until he enlisted into the army in September 1915. He probably went overseas in early 1916. At some point, he received a minor wound and also was briefly hospitalised with dysentery.

By the early autumn of 1916, the Battle of the Somme had been raging for over two months, but Joseph and his mates in the 6th Cheshires had not been called on to take part in a major attack. They had spent many weeks in the front line and 21st September was no exception. They were in trenches at Beaumont Hamel in the heart of the battlefield. The Battalion's War Diary records "Weather still inclement. Hostile trench mortars active on front line all day but did not create much damage. Fatigue parties generally engaged in repairing damage caused by recent heavy rains. 2 O.R. killed. 2 O.R. wounded."

Joseph was one of the two O. R. (Other Rank) killed, presumably by a shell from the enemy mortars. The other man killed was Sydney Moore. They are buried next to each other.

   
           
   
     
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