Joe REDFERN
Rank: Private
Number: 12261
Unit: A Company, 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 28 July 1916
Age: 36
Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

Joe was the son of Joseph and Emily Redfern and had been born in the parish of St Mary's Church in Stockport. He had served as a regular soldier seeing action in South Africa during the Boer War. When he left the army, he returned to the town and worked as a moulder at Needham's foundry in Millgate. His parents may well have died by this time as he was recorded as living at the Globe Inn on King Street West.

When he left the army, Joe was required to spend a number of years as a reservist, but these had expired by the time war was declared. Nevertheless, he volunteered to re-enlist in September 1914, serving in France at the Battles of the Marne and the Aisne. He was one of the "Old Contemptibles". Joe was wounded in action in the fighting described here. He will have been evacuated from the trench to a regimental first aid post not far behind the front line and this is probably where he died before he could be further evacuated to hospital.

Joe's brother, Thomas, is also commemorated on the Memorial here.

   
           
   
     
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