Joseph OWEN
Rank: Private
Number: 8264
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 19 November 1914
Age: 28
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Joseph was born in the parish of St Matthew's C of E Church, Stockport. His parents, Joseph and Charlotte, lived at 85 Chapel Street.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Joseph, then aged 14, was working in the local hatmaking industry as a "felt hatter". A few years later, probably as soon as he was old enough, he joined the army, probably serving for seven years until he was in his mid-20s. It would seem as though he then left the army and returned to Stockport where he went to work for Arundel & Co at their Sovereign Works.

When War was declared, in August 1914, Joseph was still in the Army reserve and was recalled to the colours. Click here for details of the tour of duty in which he was killed. It cannot be known how Joseph died, but, assuming that his body had not been destroyed by shellfire, he would have been buried just behind the front line. Over the course of the War, many of these small burial areas were destroyed or their exact positions lost. Whatever, the circumstances, Joseph does not have a known grave and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

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