Joseph REDFERN
Rank: Gunner
Number: 160659
Unit: 163rd Siege Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 14 July 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France

Joseph was one of the seven children of James and Nancy Redfern recorded on the 1901 census as living at 43 Victory Street in the Portwood area of Stockport. Then aged 14, he was working as a creeler at a nearby cotton mill. The job, undertaken by boys and girls, was mainly to ensure there was a constant supply of fresh bobbins for the machines. He later became a piecer – the man who would fix broken threads on the machines.

On 12 August 1911, he married 24 year old Edith Ellen Robinson at St Paul’s Church, Portwood. She was the daughter of Thomas Robinson, a hatter, and her home was at 24 Hyde Street.

163rd Siege Battery fired some of the largest weapons in the British Army which were used to batter enemy strongpoints. The guns had very long range and were usually mounted in concrete emplacements some considerable way behind the front line. They would eventually be targeted by the German’s own heavy guns and most deaths or artillerymen were from shelling. Unfortunately, few day-to-day records still remain of their activities and it now cannot be known the exact circumstances in which Joseph died.

By the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Edith had remarried and was now Mrs Johnson. She was living at Tetton near Middlewich.

   
           
   
     
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