Rank: Private
Number: 18372
Unit: 3rd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 August 1916
Age: 30
Cemetery: All Saints Churchyard, Marple, Cheshire

Joseph was the son of Joe and Martha Bennett. He was married to Lucy and they lived at 19 Stone Row, Marple with their child.

His service number indicates that he enlisted into the army in November or December 1914. In May of the following year, he was wounded at the Battle of Loos whilst serving with the 2nd, 9th or 11th Battalion. Without further investigation, it cannot be established which of the three Battalions of Cheshires he was serving with. The shrapnel wounds in his arm became badly affected and he spent a long time at Netley Hospital, Bournemouth. Most of the shell splinters had been extracted but some could not be safely removed.

The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 15 October 1915, reported a letter received from Joseph, who was then in hospital in Eastbourne.

“There are a lot of slackers who ought to come forward to try to help the poor Tommies who are already doing their duty in France and the Dardanelles. He has several wounds, he wrote, but is jolly glad to know that he is “not one of the shirkers who are only doing a lot of talking.”

He recovered considerably and was well enough to be placed on home duties with the 3rd Battalion. He had been working as a military policeman at Abergele when he was taken ill. He was taken to Rhyl hospital but died two days later from pneumonia.

It was reported that, at his funeral in Marple, all the businesses in the village closed. The Marple Band headed a long procession from his home to the Church. The coffin was brought to the grave, draped in a Union Flag. The curate, Reverend R M Moore, conducted the service. Afterwards, a firing party fired three volleys over the grave and the “Last Post” was sounded.

Further information about Joseph, including a photograph, can be found in the book “Remembered” by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

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